Externalizing Consciousness

Recently, there has been a growing emphasis on The Singularity, and this is proven by the fact that the Singularity University and Ray Kurzweil are becoming more common now, but the name conjures up images of Cyborgs and Replicants (for those who’ve seen Blade Runner) and wild Robots.

Since the dawn of mankind, man has invested in making tools which then became part of our daily lives as evolution occurs.
Even medicine as we know it uses tools; all implants are tools really; we may not think of them that way, but to me a tool is defined as anything that helps us do something more efficiently.
Sure, they don’t do a task directly as such, but help us to do a task, by working behind the scenes, so to speak. So even Pacemakers and Dialysis machines fall into a broad category of machines, and they are really tools.
We now use software as a more prolific tool, and you now have cellphones and tablets, which are a combination of hardware and software or Google Search and Facebook which are purely software, but they lead to physical changes in our brains.
Which means that all of these can cause physical changes.

The movie “The Matrix” reduced humanity to a piece of software, and shows one side of the coin and the reduction is disliked by many.
This concept is not new, and is ancient really.
In a way, it is a very Buddhist concept and is also popular in Yoga, where a person’s body is only a physical container and a human entity is identified more by their thoughts aka consciousness.

Now the holy grail and the final hurdle of Neurology more specifically Neuroscience is  being able to define and reproduce consciousness, and so now you define someone by this consciousness, and while this is very abstract, and maybe we’ll be able to define and understand it within a decade from now, if at all.
The president of the US recently announced the Brain Project and Europeans have a lot of initiatives too to understand the human brain too. So, it is important for us to understand our brains, and tackle the various conditions that occur there, like autism, schizophrenia, etc.


Finally, don’t be surprised if you are defined by your consciousness and this can be replicated elsewhere. Sounds scary, but it could also lead to many good things, and to some this externalization of Consciousness leads to immortality.


About Ra

Software Engineer (worked in corporations to healthcare start-ups), Geek, Musician, Artist, Fellow Human - living in the covergence space of healthcare, software, interaction design, the quantified self and genetics, music and spirituality
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