Will AI eat your brain? This question recently came up in a conversation. Is there a possibility that AI will someday be able to map your brain so that you could have a simulated longer lifespan? Thinking about Elizabeth Taylor, she will live on, at least on Turner Classic Movies (TCM), where I am sure that her movies will be shown repeatedly. And frankly, I don’t get Butterworth 8 or whatever it is, I thought there would be more about pancakes in the movie.
If this is possible, the question will then become what is a soul. However, since I usually write about software, I don’t really care about soul, and if you ever heard me sing you would know that I “got no soul”. Ok, I do care about the “immortal” soul, but if you want to talk about that, give me a call on Sunday. The rest of the week I will try to live morally, but usually don’t discuss the situation.
How much memory would be required for an AI system to be able to hold your brain? There are about 100 billion neural pathways in your brain. Since the neural pathways are sort of a chemical/electrical analog kind of system, the pathways don’t map directly to the digital analysis. Plus you will need sensors and that will add more pathways to support the digital to analog conversion. A simple artificial neural network lacks the necessary complexity, but a 1,000 simple artificial neural networks might.
What would life be like?