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You use centralized version control The problem is akin to copying computer programs around - you must dissociate the physical substrate from the program. It is complicated by the fact that the program modifies itself, i.e. consciousness could be thought of as an executable database of some sort. However, we have lots of tools available to deal with this. ...


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If the collective mind contains memories of people, well... It contains what people remember, not the factual truth. This poses multiple problems: Conflicting memories, which may either be mutually destroyed upon merger, or lead to great levels of confusion; Poor attention. You have found the memories of the sole witness of whatever, but they didn't see the ...


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«primarily for hospital patients with painful conditions» Assuming they are going to recover. Turtles. Very sturdy, easy and cheap to keep, long-lived. You can also reduce their metabolism and keep them lethargic. Otherwise, dogs. Not so cheap, and require way more space. At the same time, they're more active and could supply more enjoyable experiences. ...


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Songs. Do you wonder why you, a not particularly musical person, can hum the tune of thousands of different songs you have heard on the radio or in church? Why an average person can remember the lyrics to hundreds of songs? Why is the human brain so thirsty for songs and song lyrics? Humans are singers. There was a time when songs were how knowledge was ...


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As much as there might be a trade in recreationally adopting the form of a golden eagle or a porpoise. A very safe and efishent storage vessle would be the goldfish: Wikipedia 2019 CCSAL- Licence Lifespan 5-10 years, small and easy to feed and house, cheap to replace when obsolete. In a cash-strapped society this would be suitable for low value citizens, ...


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You don't In the way you describe, any way of making original cease to function is killing it, so you simply can't do. There are few ways to go around it. StarTrek way — because original is disassembled when you're beamed up, and the mass is somehow transported, too, it was left to philosophers to tell if you are still you or just a copy. Safehold way — ...


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How fast we see the world is probably mostly tied to our ability to process sensory information. A fly have a quite small brain with very little processing and interpretation compared to a human and can thus process it's limited perceptual world faster. If the above hypothesis is correct I see three possible routes to perceiving the world in slow motion: ...


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Read the histories of the oracles and you'll see they have certain quirks. Consider Cassandra, her curse was that her predictions were always accurate but that nobody would ever believe her. Other oracles were known for giving riddles or predictions that couldn't be interpreted until it was too late. Your Oracles can see clearly into the past, but not so ...


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I don't think the terms "self-aware" and "conscious" are defined well enough to give you an answer. On one hand, we haven't given the title "self aware" to anything smaller than an Orangutang. However, depending on your definitions, you could make a hard sell that a standing wave such as a quantum waveform has self-aware traits. My answer, if I had to peg ...


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It's very simple for two reasons. Reason 1: It is a collective memory of DEAD people. You can't remember the juicy details about your hot neighbour or the bank account numbers of a rich celebrity if they didn't die. You could get some information on the enemy troops after people have died, but you can't be sure how accurate that information is depending on ...


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Who can tell? Once you've made the copy it opens its eyes and truly believes it's the original. Everyone around them believes and accepts them to be the original, how can you say it's a copy and not the original, to all intents and purposes it is. The end of the story could have been taken from the other point of view, that of the copy, opening its ...


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As Separatix alluded to, this is an age old question which has not had an answer which satisfies everyone for thousands of years. You won't solve it in a few minutes. The name I have most often seen associated with this problem is the Ship of Theseus. It was reported by Plutarch in his writings, before 150AD. Even then, it was already attributed to "...


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First, all of human history is...BIG. So what you'd want is specialists in particular areas of history. Here's some fixes: Time. You've got history, but immediate history is more difficult and confused to access. If you get anything at all, it's fractured. As time goes by, it gains clarity. 100 years ago is clearer than 1 year ago as the timelines of all ...


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So my first question is how can either the master species or their domesticated animals be highly skilled at engineering and construction without writing? What would the impact of no writing be on the civilisation? It would literally (no pun intended) limit the advancement capability of that civilisation. Writing is one of the advances that has allowed ...


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/I need to limit this system to the big moves and shakes of history./ Signal strength increases with number of participants. Imagine flying along at 10,000 feet. You cannot see a man lighting his cigarette. But you can see 5000 concert goers lifting their lighters for a torch song. So too events. Participant number increases signal strength. If you ...


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Lazy answer: don't do anything. If everyone can create bots, let them, and then no-one will have the upper hand. Less lazy answer: Processing power and storage space ain't free. In fact, depending on the nature of the substrate your virtual reality runs on (how about a colony ship in deep space?), it may even have a strict upper limit that cannot be ...


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Yes, if the uncertainty principle was not a thing The uncertainty principle creates an absolute theoretical limit to the precision of certain measurements. We would need to exceed this limit in order to monitor every aspect of the universe simultaneously, at which point we'd have created Laplace's demon: We may regard the present state of the universe as ...


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Pigs. The pig anatomy is very close to our own. Even the pig nervous system and brain structures are very close to human. Pigs even have a similar social structure. So it would be a short acclimatization period for the human 'mind' to adjust to the new surroundings and body. The biggest relearning curve would be walking on four legs vs two. The drawback ...


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There isn't one answer, because you are applying the idea to different situations. Prisoners Used as punishment, you want something that's easy to handle, not dangerous and having big troubles running away. So something small, harmless and slow is best. Snails are out (not vertebrates), but there are also really small frogs, or of course, fish. Fish are ...


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One way to spot such shapeshifters is a variant of the shibboleth, in which you ask a question whose answer you ignore, but are able to easily verify once it's given. For example you can ask the stranger to tell you two numbers and their sum, provided you aren't able to make the sum in your head yourself. A shapeshifter will not be able to come up with ...


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Gradually Replacing the Brain Similar to Werrf's suggestion I'd go the gradual transfer rout, but I don't know what a "transfer of conscious processes" implies and I'm not sure that a "half conscious" brain would work. This is a more “materialist” approach. Digital immortality: I would suggest gradually disassembling and at the same time reassembling the ...


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No. All three ways are implausible, improbable and, quite likely unscientific. Downloading or uploading minds, consciousness or neurological whatever are based on the fallacy that brains are effectively computers. They aren't, so end of story. Except. A few additional details. Brains don't have compatible interfaces with USB sticks to permit a transfer of ...


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Theoretically, yes. Practically, no. To perfectly calculate the future will require knowing a few things. You must have all state data, including any and all hidden parameters. You must know all transformations. You must have a calculator capable of crunching all data fast enough to provide meaningful answers. You must also have a machine to interpret the ...


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First of all, the Quran seems to state that animals are conscious and that therefore they to praise God (Allah), which is why they have to be slaughtered a particular way in order for their meat to be eaten; it is meant as a sign of respect to the animal and as a form of 'sacrifice' on the animal's part to humans. That does not however answer the question ...


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What if the said consciousnesses are digitised into a computer? (Summary: Probably not possible with existing silicon-based computer technology, but very possible with future exotic computing techniques) With the ever-decreasing size of transistors, it could theoretically be very possible that a future digitial mind will be capable of becoming vanishingly ...


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"This way, there can be one, linear, version of historical events that dont depend on interpretation, " RL Example: In WW2, During Battle of Britain both sides were convinced that RAF was on verge of collapse. This belief shaped strategical decisions - RAF even started saving aircrafts, in order to still have some reserve, which made Germans think that not ...


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Amobarbital Also known as Sodium Amytal or more commonly called truth serum. Amobarbital has some interesting side effects with how it messes with the mind, which could prove useful. While under the effects of Amobarbital the higher level cognitive abilities of the brain are impaired. This can result in brain not being capable of realizing that it has ...


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The question you ask is very old, and has never been fully answered to the satisfaction of the philosophical community. Many answers have been put forth, so you can pick the answer you like, and then look up the arguments for it. The key to such a disintegration and reintegration process is to define consciousness. If it supervenes on matter, meaning it's ...


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The easiest solution is to just prompt for confirmation unless it's an explicit command. Making accurate suggestions like that would probably make the AI seem more advanced and lifelike as well. Ex. Ai detects craving for sugar based on subconscious or other means. Ai prompts: "Do you want some dessert?" Human, demonstrating willpower: "No." The end, no ...


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How has no one said ape or chimpanzee yet? They're the animals already most similar to humans.


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