Saturday, August 25, 2012

Most probably we live in a virtual world created and governed by an advanced entity or entities.

I would estimate that in the relatively near future, we would have the capability of simulating the evolution of life from beginning to end inside of a virtual computer system. The simulation could take a starting state and simulate everything down  to sub atomic levels based on our current understanding of the physical world.

The "organisms" that would evolve in this virtual world could either be guided or allowed to evolve freely. If allowed to play out long enough, evolution and natural selection could populate these systems with very advanced and complex ecosystems. With some influence they could be tuned to approximate our world. However, I very much doubt that a system left unchecked would turn out as anything but alien.

Such a system would have a multitude of social and technological benefits. The ability to record every moment of an entities existence and social interactions from beginning to end as well as the freedom to adjust parameters and observe the result would give us a highly accurate understanding of human physiology. Simulations could be advanced to our present day level of physical understanding and then observed as they attempt to advanced beyond what we already know. What sorts of theories do they propose when freed from the mental constraints of well established ideas already put forth in our world? What sorts of experiments would they come up with to test the physical limits of their world? Such experiments could be tested in our own world while the simulation is paused and we could feed the results back into their world to see how they respond. We could even play jokes on them like for example making it so that every time they try to measure light speed, it's always the same...

There is also a military benefit to these simulations. We could run several unchecked evolutionary simulations to observe the probability of advanced organisms evolving to be hostile or peaceful. We would also get a peak into what sorts of alternative weapon and combat strategies such alien civilizations could have at their disposal. This would allow us to be adequately prepared and trained well in advance of ever encountering an alien civilization.

Because we can basically generate the optimal scenarios for technological advancement we would dramatically accelerate our rate of advancement by simply sitting back and observing the simulation. In this way the simulation would be a sort of farm for ideas and technologies.

The benefits of such a system are so numerous and the feasibility so great that it is highly likely that any sufficiently advanced civilization would implement such a system. The only real barrier to implementation is the moral debate on whether or not it is acceptable to essentially play god with the billions of self evolved life forms that would eventually inhabit the virtual world. However, it is highly likely that in spite of this ethical barrier, many societies would push forward with the creation of not one but several of these systems. It would be possible to create so many of these systems that even if only 1 advanced civilization out of a thousand evolved to have both the computing power and desire to make such a system, the number of systems they would create would vastly outnumber naturally occurring civilizations in the "real world".

Put more simply, the rate at which worlds containing advanced life can/would be created in a virtual system is greater than the rate at which they can occur naturally. This would mean that if any such systems exist, they likely outnumber hospitable life filled worlds that exist in nature.

So... there are more advanced societies living completely unaware of the fact that they live in a virtual world created by another advanced species, than there are civilizations evolving naturally. Ergo, we most probably live in a virtual world created by another more advanced civilization.

The question then becomes who are they and to what purpose have they employed this system? Perhaps if they are charitable enough they will either allow the system to continue on indefinitely once it has ceased to be useful or  perhaps transfer us over into their world to live among them and contribute to their society more directly.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Essence Cloning and Tuning For Restoration and Future Prediction

If a persons "soul" or essence is simply the state of their decision making algorithms and input detection as well as any errors in either, then it seems that it would be possible to recreate a persons essence even if very little is known about their life other than a handful of key events and at least a good guess as to their genetic makeup as a starting point. The more that is known the less time it would take to tune a person and they could likely be tuned with greater accuracy. Though it may not take much data to gain a high level of accuracy in the results. Simply having the tuned person meet a handful of clearly defined events spread out across their life with high precision may be enough. At a long enough distance, any small variation in the path of two bodies early in their path will have resulted in a very wide divergence.

A virtual system could be created in the near future that fully simulates the physical world closely enough to perform this sort of tuning. The system would be set up with a set of key events and how they must take place leaving slack for any unknowns or uncertainties but leaving little or none when events are known with high certainty. Any genetic information known would be fed into the simulation as well as any known acquaintances of the individual who have already been tuned. The estimated physical state of the planet would be simulated including any whether, geography, and society that the person would have come into contact with to the extent that they would have been capable of perceiving it. Ages, archetypes, and known tunings for any possible contacts would be determined from census data, previous tunings, and any other records we have on file in any database accessible regarding anything that would have a direct or indirect impact on the person being tuned.

In addition to known events, the system would generate a set of estimated personality archetypes that approximate the person being tuned and along with that set would be a set of events or decisions that can trigger those archetypes. The system would then plot out some best guesses as to the events that took place throughout the persons life. These events would at first be filled with substitutions for any unknown contacts which would become more accurate as the tuning progressed.

Once all known constraints and variables are fed into the system, it would begin running simulations. It would start with an estimated genetic makeup for at least the embryo person and ideally an already tuned set of parents. The latter may not be available so a best guess as to the physical makeup and archetype of the parents and the starting environment would have to be used. The system would then be allowed to play out until a key event was missed. When an event is missed, the simulation would stop and the persons path would be analysed and traced back to possible points of divergence. Alternate paths that diverge after the last known event would be favored for subsequent tests but if no such path settles the search criteria then the path would be reversed further and a valid alternate for the previous event would need to be selected before the current event could be reprocessed.

The more people in the system who are accurately tuned, the faster and more accurate subsequent tunings would be. In fact it may be ideal to start with tunings of existing individuals as their lives could be described in great detail directly from the source as well as from close contacts. Eventually, the system will have enough  data and known tunings in place to have a highly accurate simulation of the entire planet.

Once a planet wide tuning is accurate enough, it can be tuned backwards and forwards in time  for further tuning. Historical documents and biographies and evidence would be used to define event constraints for the past. Known  evolutionary patterns would be used to predict genetic makeup. Geographical and astrological events would be used as well. Adding a well tuned and highly accurate record of the past would  improve the accuracy of the present. Tunings of the future that play out accurately can be used to confirm or adjust a previous tuning of what was at the time, the present to achieve still greater accuracy of the present.

A highly tuned system would be able to predict the distant future with great accuracy with the exception of unknown astrological events.  Such a system would be highly sought after by any advanced civilization concerned with self preservation and so I would think it likely that any such society would implement such a system if not multiple such systems. Variations on our reality could be played out to give insite into other cultures and entities that we may encounter throughout the universe which is also highly vital in case such cultures  or entities prove to be a threat.

Future technologies could be invented today.. because systems could be played out at a faster rate than life does in reality and any advancements made in a simulation could be harvested. In other words, such simulations could be used as an idea farm.At that point the rate of all technological advancements moves to infinity.

The benefits of such a system are so vast that many, perhaps most, if not all societies capable of building such a system would do so. Since the rate at which such systems could be produced would likely be greater than the rate at which civilizations occur naturally throughout the universe. In fact, such systems could be recursive and  extend to infinity and be as infinite in number as the natural universe. Because of this, I would think it highly likely that we are in such a system.

Some societies may even play out such simulations just to observe for a sort of morbid "entertainment". They may be content just to sit back and watch, or they may want to play God. As far as the populations of the virtual world are concerned, the person creating and managing their virtual system is in fact their creator. He may even take on an avatar within their virtual world so as to interact with them directly.

From a moral standpoint, when that day comes, do we allow the system to play out once we have collected from it what we can? Do we at least preserve the contents of the system? Or do we destroy the system and with it, the "lives" of all of it's inhabitants? Fortunately for them, I'm fairly certain that such a system would prove useful  indefinitely and so the cost of their continued existence would likely be justified.

It would be possible to  move the data for an individual or all individuals on such a system onto a platform that gave input and output with our reality. Meaning we would have the capability to bring them into our world if we and they so desired. Perhaps a talent farm?

When  such a system is implemented, all privacy drops to zero.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Active Gradual Expansion of Single Consciousness to Synthetic Brain

People talk a lot of uploading memories. I think that is the wrong way to go about it. The problem here is the question of  is that  duplicate consciousness really you? I say duplicate because that's what it is. It's a copy and its experience will diverge from the original from the moment upload is completed. What's more.. the original consciousness never accessed or wrote directly in real time to any of the memories of the synthetic brain so it was from origination onward a foreign entity...

What if instead we were to do a live active transfer of the single consciousness?  By simply hooking into the ongoing activity of a living host and extending rather than duplicating the neural activity, we are allowing the consciousness to naturally grow across the boundary between organic and synthetic and exist simultaneously on both. In this way the brain has no fear of loss of identity because even before the organic brain is lost, the consciousness is already perceiving and thinking and directly recording thoughts and emotions into the synthetic portion of its capacity. Consciousness is then never actually destroyed and a copy booted up. Instead consciousness lives continuously and only a brief loss of perception and capacity for thought is lost if the organic brain were to fail.

Long term memories from before the attachment of the synthetic expansion could be linked to the new storage area and replicated there and the memories there and would simply be more easily retreived due to the strengthened representation of the data. The consciousness would begin accessing thes memories simultaneously from both the organic and synthetic regions of its capacity immediately so again it's still a single consciousness and a single set of memories. The only difference is the redundancy of data is expanded over a larger surface area.

If death of the organic tissue occurs, it is no different from if  there were at least 1 redundant memory cell for every memory and you suddenly lost a portion of that redundancy. I am no neuroscientist but I understand the brain to contain at least that much redundancy for most memories. Now in that case  you may experience a sudden onset of difficult accessing older more faded memories but you'd unarguably still be you and your consciousness would remain unchanged. The same would be true for this synthetic enhancement undergoing loss of the organic region of its capacity. Only without the sudden fading of older memories because the portion of redundancy lost would be much smaller.

It may be possible to then clone the body less the brain and plug your now more robust synthetic brain along with your single consciousness into a fresh healthy body. Also the capacity of your synthetic brain could be extended to the cloud such that in the unlikely but possible event of failure, the same sort of experience would occur where conscious thought continues unhindered and only a sudden but temporary loss of perception and a small reduction in memory redundancy is sustained.


UPDATE:______

I wonder if we could test this by wiring someone up and putting them to sleep and seeing if they are able to retain consciousness while the organic capacity is snoozing. Imagine surfing the web while your body sleeps...

Bypassing Metabolism

Nano particles would be circulated through the bloodstream carrying pure cellular energy and essential nutrients so that cellular metabolism could be bypassed altogether.

Toxic Fishing Nets for Viruses

1.  Cells are pulled from the blood of an infected host
2.  Cell membrane is lined with an extra layer which  contains a highly toxic substance between an inner membrane and the outer cell membrane.
3.  The cell accepts viral  deposits into this buffer layer where the viruses are quickly destroyed in the toxic buffer of the host cell.

Ideally the cell membrane matches the type of cell best targeted by the virus to increase efficacy of virus eradication.

Nano Particle Cellular Preservation or Gene Therapy in the Absence of Blood Flow

The problem to solve is preservation of cellular tissues in the absence of adequate blood flow which would otherwise result in cell death. It may also be used to deploy gene therapy.

1. A magnet is paced below the subject and shakes in a specific rhythm.
2. Nano particles bonded to nano tubes are designed with small hooks that allow them to crawl through the subject when they are rocked back and forth or up and down in the right pattern. Basically they hook in pull release and hook and pull...etc.
3. Once the particles are magnetically pulled all the way through the subject they leave behind strands of nano tubes that they pulled through the subject. These nano tubes flow from top to bottom and  are a supplementary vascular system of sorts but far less complex as they are just straight shot tubes through the body.
4. The top of the subject is submerged in a liquid composed of nano packets which are pulled rapidly through the tubes by the magnet underneath deploying vital nutrients and oxygen and perhaps even gene therapy directly to the cells.
5. The nano delivery fluid is drained, replenished and circulated until blood flow is restored or adequate gene uptake is completed.


It may be possible to wrap a single organ and limit the procedure for targeted gene therapy.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mitochondrial Transplant

So, it is my weak understanding that oxidation of mitochondrial DNA is one of the causes for our cells eventual decline in productivity. The idea is a 7 step solution to transplant a large number of our old and aged mitochondria with a fresh and healthy batch.

1. Drop a bunch of mitochondria producing strands in a farm tank and let them get busy....
2. Send in a bunch of proteins that have a ratchet like mechanism. When they come in contact with a mitochondria they attach to it and ratchet it in. Use these to gather up the freshly grown crop of mitochondria.
3. Inject the protein shell wrapped mitochondria packets into the bloodstream of the organism. The protein shell should have some sort of membrane that will allow it to be consumed by or otherwise enter a cell.
4. The cell consumes one or  more packets.
5. The packets float around until they come into contact with an old mitochondria. They then do the same thing they did in the farm and ratchet the old one in. At the same time they are ratcheting the replacement mitochondria out the other end.
6. The protein shells have a limited number of ratchets before they can no longer swap mitochondria at which point a change in shape or motion should allow them to exit the cell and help to prevent them from being consumed a second time.
7. Rinse, wash and repeat until lifestyle improves....

Ideally the replacement mitochondria would have some sort of unique shape signature such that the ratcheting mechanism will only bond to the exact right number of replacements before it can no longer gather up replacements and is ready to begin consuming and replacing old mitochondria.

It may also be ideal if along with the replacements some sort of extra DNA strand could be introduced that will cause the cell to release some sort of chemical flag indicating it has been the recipient of a transplanted mitochondria. This chemicals presence in the body could then be used as some sort of an indicator as to how much update has occurred.