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Section 4 / Page 170

Part of a news item put out by British Telecom.

I tried to find an update to this article, but I couldn't find one, so the project has either been cancelled or has gone dark?

But this article does show the thinking of a lot of major corporations in the I.T. field, the question is?

is this future for us all or just an extrapolation of current technology trends?

The End of Death:
'Soul Catcher' Computer Chip Due...

A computer chip implanted behind the eye that could record a person's every lifetime thought and sensation is to be developed by British scientists.

"This is the end of death," said Dr. Chris Winter, of British Telecom's artificial life team. He predicted that within three decades it would be possible to relive other people's lives by playing back their experiences on a computer. "By combining this information with a record of the person's genes, we could recreate a person physically, emotionally and spiritually."

Dr. Winter's team of eight scientists at BT's Martlesham Heath Laboratories near Ipswich calls the chip the 'Soul Catcher.' It would be possible to imbue a new-born baby with a lifetime's experiences by giving him or her the Soul Catcher chip of a dead person, Dr. Winter said. The proposal to digitize existence is based on a solid calculation of how much data the brain copes with over a lifetime.

Ian Pearson , BT's official futurologist, has measured the flow of impulses from the optical nerve and nerves in the skin, tongue, ear, and nose. Over an eighty year life, we process 10 terabytes of data, equivalent to the storage capacity of 7,142,857,142,860,000 floppy disks.

Dr. Pearson said, "If current trends in the miniaturization of computer memory continues at the rate of the past 20 years - a factor of 100 every decade - today's 8-megabyte memory chip norm will be able to store 10 terabytes in 30 years."

British Telecom would not divulge how much money it is investing in the project, but Dr. Winter said it was taking 'Soul Catcher 2025' very seriously. He admitted that there were profound ethical considerations, but emphasized that BT was embarking on this line of research to enable it to remain at the forefront of communications technology.

"An implanted chip would be like an aircraft's black box and would enhance communications beyond current concepts," he said. "For example, police would be able to use it to relive an attack, rape, or murder from the victim's viewpoint to help catch the criminal."

Other applications would be less useful but more frightening. "I could even play back the smells, sounds, and sights of my holiday to my friends," Dr. Winter said.

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Also check this link and see if you think it is true or not, of course for now we have BrainGate, a practical real world application for neural chip interfaces  Also read what these guys are up to and then think about the fact that this stuff could be used by the rich for there own purposes. This is real stuff, in the real world, it's a wake up call and if you don't pay attention to it, then don't be surprised when you become a victim of it. Out of control A.I. when linked to such systems is a very scary prospect. Microsoft also has a similar project in development - called My Life Bits.

I believe Alan Turing was right and eventually machines will become sentient, I also think it probably occur within this century. There's much concern that this may work out badly for the human race - a quote from Jim Gray, Manager, Microsoft Bay Area Research Center even though he personally, is optimistic ?

The video below is about 22 minutes long, but don't be put off, it does contain some fascinating insights into the thought processes of some very smart people in the I.T. industry.

The ability to compare stored input with real world interaction, is I believe a key to the future of interactive or smart interface technology.

My idea of a behavioural database, I see as being inline with the presenters thought process on predictive behaviour.

I still think the programming of such systems, is going to be a bitch of a job though?

Also if you apply some of his ideas behind predictive behaviour to some of the, well let's just call them less socially developed people exampled within this eBook, then it becomes self evident, that these peoples knowledge databases, do not allow them to interact at the level I am presuming you do. - thanks for reading this far.

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