TALK ABOUT Surrogates and Avatar
Life logging, sometimes known as quantified self, is the process of tracking and recording personal data via various technologies including, but not limited to; Apps, Smart watches, wrist trackers, and cameras. Lifeloggers (also known as lifebloggers or lifegloggers) typically utilize wearable technology or mobile devices in order to capture and chronicle their lives.
Many people take part in life logging without perhaps even realising they’re doing so. The many forms of social media such as; Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter(among others) can be said to be a form of life logging. To some transhumanists, the process of life logging is a way to achieve a form of digital immortality. Life logging with regards to longevity may come mostly in the form of health and sleep trackers. Optimised health being seen as a critical component to some.
What if you could create a version of yourself that was indestructible. We’ll meet a computer scientist who wants to build vitual versions of ourseleves, Avatars, that look act and talk like real people. And will hang around long after the flesh and blood versions of us are dead and gone. In the show star trek the next generation, there is an episode where the holodeck, a place where people from the distant past can live on as computer generated holographs. A way toa allow all of us to live forever. When it first came out it was impossible for you to do, but now it’s possible. Jason Lee is a computer scientist in the University of Illinois Chicago, through Project: Lifelike, a pam tp make immortality available to anyone by creating a virtual copy of you as an avatar, a concept that intrigued Jason long before James Cameron Parlayed it into a billion dollar blockbuster. An avatar is an instance of yourself that’s digital, that will never die. Jason knows he can’t really make you liv forever. But he can use computers to presrve your thoughts, memories, even the way you look, even for eternity. In the future your children’s children will be able to meet with you. Students will be able to talk to scientists long gone like Stephen Hawking . This world where we can build relationships with anyone from the famous to family. The most interesting notion about James Cameron’s avatar was the tree of knowledge, twhen the people passed on their memories are absorbed into the tree of past knowledge. That’s what we’re trying to do. We have a collective knowldeg of people. Jason dreams of a future where anyone can program all their thoughts, feelings, memories, hopes, and fears into a virtual replica of themselves so people can actually speck directly to those who are long gone. What we’d like to do in the future is break the avatar out of the box, make it a person in 3d, real, conversational avatars that are as intelligent humans despite not having the consciousness themselves. They are called Avatars. In hinduism an Avatara, is a divine being that takes the form of a human or beast, Avatara literally means “corssing own” into the realm of humans. But unlike Jason Lee’s Avatar, they are mortal.
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READY FOR AN ARTIFICIAL BRAIN?
“What’s on your mind?” asks Facebook. Above the question asks whether I’d like to “Add Photos/Video,” and below it asks if I’d like to include other people within my vicinity, my current location, and how my emotional state is during this thought process. Most importantly, though, it asks whether I’d like to share this thought with the general public, or a few select friends, or maybe just to myself. All-in-all, Facebook represents a very low-tech artificial brain.
The posts that I’d make would be, as author Juan Enríquez would call them, “digital tattoos”–they act as long-lasting imprints of myself, of my thoughts and of my beliefs at the current moment. Instead of having to rely on neuronal relay signaling to remember a certain memory – what I’d eaten, where I went one day, what my friend said to me on another day – despite the fact that sometimes these flashbulb-memories can be quite inaccurate, we now merely need to rely on social networks like Facebook and Google+.
As a low-tech artificial brain, its ability to attain enough memory storage capacity for a lifetime is very sufficient! We no longer need to suffer from lost memories, or inaccurate memories. Using social networks like Facebook and Google+, I am almost literally merging with the machines already, because my means of memory extraction no longer rely solely on my biological brain, but both it and my online artificial brain as well.
As we continue our scientific endeavors in mapping the human brain, and subsequently reverse-engineering it, imagine reaching a point where artificial brains become commercially available to everyone, as an implant the size of a chip. Everything that occurs throughout your life – each synaptic brain wave communicated between neurons every second of your day – will be recorded and backed up, ready to be accessed at your own convenience.
Like Facebook and Google+, maybe we’ll begin sharing our memories, dreams, and experiences with the rest of the world – a truly bio-digital interconnected global social network derived from each individual’s brain. Better yet, imagine a day where Alzheimer’s disease is thrown into the dustbin of history, allowing people to flourish and live happy, healthy lives with no fear of lost memories or even lost acquaintances of friends, family and loved ones.