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Brain Simulation Tactics and Complexity Estimates

Posted in Analysis, Science, Transhumanism, Uploading on August 17th, 2010 by leodirac – 13 Comments

Ray Kurzweil recently predicted that we’d be able to reverse engineer the human brain by 2020.  He makes an argument that a brain simulator would need about a million lines of code: Here’s how that math works, Kurzweil explains: The design of the brain is in the genome. The human genome has three billion base […]

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Blue Brain: the first steps towards uploading

Posted in Philosophy, Transhumanism, Uploading on April 5th, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on Blue Brain: the first steps towards uploading

The Blue Brain Project describes itself as: The Blue Brain Project is the first comprehensive attempt to reverse-engineer the mammalian brain, in order to understand brain function and dysfunction through detailed simulations. Others have described it as “a step toward the superbrain” or even “the most interesting project in human history.” I agree that this project […]

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Alarm Clocks, Geeks, Hippies and the Robot Revolution

Posted in Ego, Humor, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism on May 27th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I’m at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco today. It’s wonderful seeing my company doing great things for the world. Enabling people to build universally accessible applications that help people solve difficult problems together. It gets us closer to the ultimate solution. I’m also giving an Ignite talk. I wanted to make it something of a motivational speech. Encourage people to think about their own roles in helping bring about the robot revolution. I also wanted an excuse to share some of my thoughts on how to build an alarm bed. I’ll post my slides after the conference, or…

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LHC blue-screens the world

Posted in Ego, Humor, Philosophy, Physics, Science, Transhumanism on September 9th, 2008 by leodirac – 3 Comments

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for quite a while, and I figured tonight might be my last chance. Plenty of people have been worrying about how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could destroy the planet by creating small black-holes that might suck in the entire earth. As the good folks at CERN re-assure us, everything is fine. I pretty much believe this. That is to say, I’m pretty sure LHC will not destroy all life as we know it. Pretty sure. Otherwise, we’ve all got a few more hours to live. So long as my buddy Stephen Hawking’s…

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Why Desktop Computers Matter as Laptops Speed Up

Posted in Analysis, Gadgets, Transhumanism, Uploading, User Experience on September 27th, 2007 by leodirac – 12 Comments

I just got a new MacBook Pro of my very own which is undoubtedly the fastest computer I’ve ever owned. I hear a lot of people saying things like “I don’t think I’ll ever get another desktop computer again.” But to me there is one very good reason to own and use a desktop computer: Desktop computers can provide greater bandwidth connections between your brain and the net than laptop computers can. I’ll explain what this means. We’re quickly approaching a world where we’re always connected to the net in some manner or another. As we all know, the bandwidth…

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Do We Live in a Simulation? Implications for Morality and the Beauty of Physics.

Posted in Analysis, Philosophy, Physics, Science, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism, Uploading on August 24th, 2007 by leodirac – 3 Comments

There’s been a lot of fuss lately about Nick Bostrom’s ideas that we live in a simulation as a result of an article in the New York Times. Here I’ll provide some analysis of Bostrom’s bold claim, including a proposed mechanism to explain my grandfather’s assertion that mathematical simplicity and beauty were indicators of underlying truth. I’ll also explore the implications of this possibility to our daily lives, and show why this is another reason to follow Transhuman Morality. Simplified Simulation or Complete, Accurate Model? The simulations Bostrom describes would not be precise to the subatomic level, but rather use…

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Comparing 3 methods of note-taking

Posted in Gadgets, Transhumanism, User Experience on June 27th, 2007 by leodirac – 2 Comments

At Foo Camp this past weekend, I took notes using three different technologies. The results have led me to some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I used: Day 1: I took notes on my Treo Day 2: I carried around my MacBook Day 3: I scribbled in a paper notebook My notes from the first day are brief, but useful. They are generally just names and short phrases. They remind me of things that I found interesting and that I want to follow up on. I used the notepad function in my PDA. It was pretty easy to pop it open…

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ThePostalService.com

Posted in Music, Tech Industry, Technology, Transhumanism, User Experience on June 17th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on ThePostalService.com

A little while ago I heard an interesting story on NPR about collaborative music software. They described a series of websites that empower geographically separated musicians to create music collaboratively. Using sites like ejamming, Musicians can find additional band members, share tracks and mix your own tracks with those of your partners across the net. They even hint at being able to practice with each other live, although I’ve never tried it. All this reminds me of the story behind the fabulous first album by The Postal Service, Give Up. For those who don’t know the story, this fabulous album…

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Offbrain: Externalizing Memory

Posted in Ruby on Rails, Transhumanism, User Experience on May 3rd, 2007 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I’m ready to introduce a little pet project to the world: Offbrain Mobile Memory Services. Right now it’s a very simple web app that just keeps track of lists of things. The only thing that makes it at all interesting right now is that the UI is optimized for display on mobile browsers. It’s modeled after the fabulous mobile gmail interface. Offbrain’s pages are typically between 1k and 1.5k total — they load very snappily on very slow mobile links. (Assuming dreamhost hasn’t swapped the app or the database into virtual memory — a perennial problem with cheap shared hosting.)…

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Stephen Hawking is half right

Posted in Technology, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism on April 27th, 2007 by leodirac – Comments Off on Stephen Hawking is half right

My old pal Stephen Hawking has been in the news a lot today for going on a vomet-comet ride. (Okay, we’re not really old pals, but we’ve chatted a couple of times, notably at my grandpa’s memorial service where he gave a really touching eulogy.) At a press conference before his flight, Stephen said: “Life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers.” On this point I completely agree with him. This idea was a key point I made in…

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