Answer on @Quora by @lxlightman to Will people eventually evolve into robots through uploading digitalised conscious…
Answer by Alex Lightman:
Yes. There are at least a dozen serious billionaires who are committed to being able to have this option, and those are just the ones that I know about. Keep tabs on the Avatar 2045 project, which, as you can see from this image, has this ability to upload as an explicit goal by 2030 to 2035.
Source:“Strategic Social Initiative” (Note: 2045 does allow these images to be shared via social media). There have been many conferences at serious academic institutions that have included professors from prestigious institutions who have seriously discussed the details of the science, technology, and medicine required for uploading, including one that I chaired in June 2010 called “H+ Summit: Rise of the Citizen-Scientist” at Harvard University’s Science Center.
The brain is pretty amazing…for something that runs on only 12 watts and weighs only 1,350 grams, and can get by on only 1,000 to 2,000 calories (including junk food) daily plus water.
Compare with Watson, 90 Series 750 servers at 1,000 watts each = 90,000 watts.) Some people will read that and say it’s impossible that a computer or computational substrate could every house something so incredible as the human brain.
Others, myself included, look at those numbers and see exponential improvement matching the hardware and software within a few decades… tops. With possible upside surprises.
There is no magic barrier or religious reason that humans cannot get more like robots, or that robots cannot become more like humans. This is, in my opinion, the most important single aspect of the future.