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    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Food for thought. Quote of the day:

    "AI's in the future will be able to recreate people from the information left behind about them if suitable backups of their brain were not made (in which case it would be straightforward). Neural nanobots would obtain all the available information about them from other people's brains. The AI would also consider all of the person's writings, pictures, movies, etc. Also their genetic code. And it could then create a person who would pass a Turing test for that person with their best friends as the judges. For that reason it is worthwhile keeping your own files -- letters, emails, photos, writings, etc.

    Is this recreated person the same person? It is an interesting question, but we could also ask today are we the same person as we were, say, a year ago. The recreated person by the AI is probably at least as close as we are to ourselves after some time passage."

    — Ray Kurzweil

    I know at least one person who would be furious to be "brought back" in such a manner.


    c-collins said...

    The clone of a clone in multiplicty comes to mind when I think of recreating a person from writings and other peoples memories.

    Lance said...

    Memory alone doesn't make a person. It's the environment they grow up in, the people they are surrounded by, and the soul that dwells within. Without these crucial elements, all you have is an automaton.