1. bookVolume 4 (2013): Issue 3 (December 2013)
    Brain Emulation and Connectomics: a Convergence of Neuroscience and Artificial General Intelligence, Editors: Randal Koene and Diana Deca
23 Nov 2011
3 Hefte pro Jahr
access type Open Access

The Prospects of Whole Brain Emulation within the next Half- Century

Online veröffentlicht: 25 Apr 2014
Seitenbereich: 130 - 152
Eingereicht: 31 Jul 2013
Akzeptiert: 31 Dec 2013
23 Nov 2011
3 Hefte pro Jahr

Whole Brain Emulation (WBE), the theoretical technology of modeling a human brain in its entirety on a computer-thoughts, feelings, memories, and skills intact-is a staple of science fiction. Recently, proponents of WBE have suggested that it will be realized in the next few decades. In this paper, we investigate the plausibility of WBE being developed in the next 50 years (by 2063). We identify four essential requisite technologies: scanning the brain, translating the scan into a model, running the model on a computer, and simulating an environment and body. Additionally, we consider the cultural and social effects of WBE. We find the two most uncertain factors for WBE’s future to be the development of advanced miniscule probes that can amass neural data in vivo and the degree to which the culture surrounding WBE becomes cooperative or competitive. We identify four plausible scenarios from these uncertainties and suggest the most likely scenario to be one in which WBE is realized, and the technology is used for moderately cooperative ends

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