It seems like Atlantic magazine covers ideas in a people-centered way, lending personal credence to stories where ethics questions may otherwise cloud one’s reading. Kind of like allowing us to imagine our world as bias-free… in other words: illusion!
“…a professor of neuroscience says it will one day be possible to live on in a computer after death. “The principle of a neural network is that it gains complexity by combining many simple elements. One neuron takes in signals from many other neurons. Each incoming signal passes over a synapse that either excites the receiving neuron or inhibits it. The neuron’s job is to sum up the many thousands of yes and no votes that it receives every instant and compute a simple decision. If the yes votes prevail, it triggers its own signal to send on to yet other neurons. If the no votes prevail, it remains silent. That elemental computation, as trivial as it sounds, can result in organized intelligence when compounded over enough neurons connected in enough complexity.“” Read whole article: Why You Should Believe in the Digital Afterlife