Lifetimes Infinity's plan for achieveing mind uploading is to develop human-like artificial intelligence that will be coupled with state-of-the-art brain-computer interfaces to create an exocortex (external artificial mind). Along the way to developing full mind uploading technology, we aim to provide cognitive enhancements for those who have lost abilities and those who want to extend their capabilities. We will use our resource to employ as much of a top-down approach as possible (more AI focused) to speed up the process, while still meshing in what we can from a bottom-up approach (more faithfully reacreating the brain).
Our first step is to develop software (NeuraNex) that will allow us to quickly and efficiently create and trainneural networks. The next step is to construct and training neural networks to emulate the various functions of the human brain. Eventually we aim to create networks that exceed the natural limits of the brain. Once combined with brain-computer interfaces, this will help pave the way for cognitive enhancements (connections between human minds and AI).
Below is a more detailed outline of the projects along our roadmap.
Larger arrows indicate more critical projects.
To build toward mind uploading, Lifetimes Infinity will mainly be piggyback of hardware technologies made by companies like Neuralink. We will need nano-micro scale brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) with two-way communication (ability to record and stimulate) in order to implement our prospective products and ultimately build devices capable of uploading minds.
BCI with 10,000 – 100,0000 electrodes (read/write) that interacts on the neuron level.
BCI with 500,000 – 5,000,0000 electrodes (read/write) that interacts on the neuron level.
Custom hardware (some type of neurmorphic computing device) that efficiently runs the Mindframe software.
BCI Hardware + Software
Neuroprosthetics and cognitive enhancements. These are the building blocks that we can build off of to create more advanced technologies like AGInt and Exocortex. These will be created through both bottom-up and top-down approaches. These mind modules will be more practical neuroprostheses (replacing lost functions) and then grow into being able to extent functionality of the brain.
AGInts are like Mind Modules, but this level of neuroprosthetics and cognitive enhancements will offer significant benefits and features allowing humans to be much more connected and in tune with AI system.
The exocortex (exo = outside) is the digital brain outside of the human brain, that allows for the transfer of the mind from its biological substrate (the human brain) to this new digital substrate. The exocortex is not necessarily an entirely independent artificial mind in itself, but more of a framework on which a mind could arise, be instantiated on, or be transferred to.
The exocortex is comprised of the Mindframe software on the Brainframe hardware. Together these form the minimum technology required to perform the mind uploading procedure.
Note: Mindframe is to Brainframe what the mind is to the brain.
Application used for creating, managing, training, and analyzing artificial neural networks (ANNs). This software will be utilized in building most of the artificial mind software needed as we progress toward mind uploading.
AI software that builds connectome data from Brain Data such as brain slice scans. Once NeuraNex is fully developed, we will decide whether this software is necessary to build (if we need more of the Human Brain Connectome data to begin development on the next steps in the roadmap). If there is enough information for us to start building projects for Mini Minds then we will likely skip this step and only return to it if necessary.
Software that replicates brain functionality on small levels. This is where NeuraNex helps our development. Imagine trying to build a video game map without a level editor. Now imagine trying to build a brain, neuron by neuron without some way to abstract to different information levels. With NeuraNex, networks of all sizes can be built modularly and strung together. Over time we will build small pieces and put them together to build bigger pieces that perform larger functions, taking inspiration from the brain (there’s a lot of repetition in biology; it’s all just arranged in the right way). We'll construct artificial frameworks that allow us to create neuroprosthetics and exocortex modules (cognitive enhancements).
Built upon the Mini Minds projects, this software replicates brain functionality on much larger levels. A series simulated / emulated brain regions. Each region is a different color (Blue Mind, Red Mind, etc.).
Built upon the Hue Minds projects, Mindframe fully functional artificial mind framework that allows for another mind to be grafted / transferred onto it.
Mind Uploading Procedure
Offloading Procedure Outline
Fully outlined offloading procedure that explains exactly how to transfer personal identity. This information will eventually be included in The Indefinite Life Handbook.
Offloading Proof of Concept
Tests that include transferring critical elements of personal identity from one network to another.
OPTS (Offloading Procedures, Tests, and Standards)
Further developing the procedures, tests, and standards necessary to ensure transfer of personal identity through offloading.
POPs (Personalized Offloading Procedures)
Further developing procedures to be able to adapt to the specific individual undergoing the mind uploading.
First Complete Mind Uploading Procedure
Combinging the Exocortex and what we have learned from the POPs procedures, we will be able too upload human minds and give it a Robotic Avatar Body to interact with the environment.
Brain scans and diagrams that can be used to build AI similar to human brains or to replicate specific small sections of the brain.
Human Brain Connectome
Connectome of the entire human brain that can be used as a blueprint for building an artificial brain. Resources: http://brainmaps.org/
Robotic Avatar Body
Basic robot body to facilitate interaction with the environment for people who have been uploaded.