Mind Uploading

Today at lunch we talked about mind uploading. It all started when Carla mentioned the below Ed Boyden’s TED talk “A light switch for neurons”, where an experience of inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells is covered.

I then found on Quora a similar thread where a PhD in cognitive science and neural systems from Boston University states: “I think the “chance” of mind uploading happening at any time in the future is zero.”

Quite fascinating. Some of the parts I decided to highlight:

I think the concept of mind uploading is still incoherent from both philosophical and scientific perspectives.

We have no way of knowing whether an upload has been successful

The concept of uploading a mind is based on the assumption that mind and body are separate entities that can in principle exist without each other. There is currently no scientific proof of this idea

On another Quora thread:

As an analogy, consider the marketing/PR team working at a Fortune 1000 corporation. The marketing team puts out a coherent message — the voice of the company — but this is created by a team of people who collaborate and synthesize their thinking into a consistent framework. New people join the marketing department all the time, and they learn the ropes and take over from people who leave. Every few years, everyone working there is new, but the voice of the company (its identity, messages, and memory) remain intact.

Cycled to Guincho

On Saturday we gladly accepted the invite from Fernando & Ana to take our bikes on the train to Cascais and then cycle to praia do Guincho. It’s about 30min on the train and then about 5km to Guincho. The weather was nice and warm, we had a picnic on the beach and after I took a nap.

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WordPress On-Line Course Goes Live

After my talk “Using WordPress to create Sites that Customers Love” over at Explorers Festival I was invited by the good folks of Eduke.me to produce an on-line course aimed at small business owners and other professionals that want to start using WordPress and learn about its great potential.

The recording took place in early December last year and when I was recording this was my audience :-)

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The link for the full course is below, if you register on the platform you get a free course so if you want just to check it out there is no associated cost. Click here to access the course:

http://cursos.eduke.me/curso-criar-sites-wordpress/

The course is only available in Portuguese but if you watch it I would appreciate feedback about what you most liked, what you didn’t like and how I can improve it for the future.

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One of our mission goals over at WidgiLabs is to promote and democratize the use of WordPress. This is just one of many contributions we want to make. Enjoy.