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Can your thoughts be computationally replicated?

Post by Professor Finkelstein on Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:09 am

If we could create a fast enough processor with all of your memories available at a nearly instant recollection speed, could we create a machine that functioned as your clone?

Why or why not?
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Re: Can your thoughts be computationally replicated?

Post by fullerene on Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:39 am

Very interesting question, Professor Finkelstein.

Before I answer, let me ask you a bit more about the memory. Is it qualitatively differentiated by importance, likelihood to be remebered/accessed and vividness/certainty of accuracy? Because there is a difference not only in the empirical nature of a memory from childhood and a memory from today but also in the way I think about that memory itself.
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Re: Can your thoughts be computationally replicated?

Post by BSM on Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:36 am

lol nerds

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Re: Can your thoughts be computationally replicated?

Post by Professor Finkelstein on Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:51 pm

fullerene wrote:Very interesting question, Professor Finkelstein.

Before I answer, let me ask you a bit more about the memory. Is it qualitatively differentiated by importance, likelihood to be remebered/accessed and vividness/certainty of accuracy? Because there is a difference not only in the empirical nature of a memory from childhood and a memory from today but also in the way I think about that memory itself.
BSM wrote:lol nerds
Interesting dichotomy of answers so far. Very interesting.

Of the two, I prefer BSM's response since it was direct and unapologetic for its disdain for the initial question.
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Re: Can your thoughts be computationally replicated?

Post by seattlegluepiss on Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:07 am

a thought can't be replicated unless you can replicate the exact stimuli and brain's chemical reaction to it.

that's how i see it.

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Re: Can your thoughts be computationally replicated?

Post by Professor Finkelstein on Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:57 am

I would think that that would be the easy part. Chemical reactions and neuron stimuli follow physical laws and they are already somewhat understood by biologists. Of course there is a degree of complexity we can't yet replicate, my question was posed in a way to suppoe that those limitations of scale, speed and complexity are somehow managed in the future.

It is the context of the stimuli and reactions to the overall experience of the being that will be most difficult to replicate in my opinion. But who am I but an inquisitive professor posting on an off-topic website? Perhaps I am seeing this all wrong.
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Re: Can your thoughts be computationally replicated?

Post by fullerene on Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:48 am

Great discussion, guys! study
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