Turns out Marvin Minsky, the AI guy, was one of Jeffrey Epstein’s clients. There is an interesting twist to this.
The investigator (same as in the above link, from whom I am copying liberally from) discovered “Epstein funded conferences on his Island held by Marvin Minsky. This one called ‘coping with catastrophes’ was in 2012.” Press release:
From December 9th to the 12th, 2011, The Jeffrey Epstein Foundation sponsored a conference called, Coping with Future Catastrophes on Little Saint James Island in the US Virgin Islands.
The conference brought together some of the best scientific minds in the country and focused on the need to identify the greatest threats to the Earth today. Such threats included acts of bioterrorism, nuclear calamities and/or nuclear warfare, overpopulation, asteroid and meteor threats, super volcanoes, mass tectonic earthquakes, rogue self-replicating nano-machines, superintelligent computers and high-energy chain-reactions that could disrupt the fabric of space itself.
The conference was organized by cognitive scientist, Marvin Minsky, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and the co-founder of MIT’s AL (Artificial Intelligence) Laboratory. “We need to identify the greatest threats to our Earth but we also need to prioritize them,” Minsky explained.
One imagines he put Epstein’s network of perverts and perversities low on the list of Doom causers. But of Epstein’s plan to plant his seed throughout the world, well, we might guess Minsky would approve.
We get that idea because Minsky was part of Alcor, the Arizona cryonics company that froze Ted Williams’s head.
Besides Ted Williams, patients include Dick Clair Jones, who was a writer for CBS-TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show” and a co-creator of the NBC-TV situation comedy “The Facts of Life”; American scientist Marvin Minsky, who co-founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s artificial intelligence laboratory; and Chinese science fiction writer Du Hong.
Though Alcor prefers that patients die in Scottsdale, they deploy a team anywhere in the world when one of their members dies.
Patients implies people who have something curable. Which death isn’t—except by divine intervention. Yet “Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied and replicated in a computer”.
If so, a computer might be able to mimic a man. And not just mimic, but be a man. After all, if “all” we are our neurons connected in a certain way, and computers can reproduce these connections using wires or code, then there is no essential difference between a computer and a man.
Minsky thought like that. He believed he could “back up” his “consciousness onto a computer.”
“The brain happens to be a meat machine,” according to one of his frequently quoted statements. “You can build a mind from many little parts, each mindless by itself.” Marvin Minsky was convinced that consciousness can be broken down into many small parts. His aim was to identify such components of the mind and understand them. Minsky’s view that the brain is built up from the interactions of many simple parts called “agents” is the basis of today’s neural networks.
So Minsky believed in magic—which might also help explain his Epstein connection.
He had to believe in magic, for what else but magic could explain how a bunch of wooden cogs spinning in concert suddenly becomes conscious? One cog is mindless, two cogs are mindless, three are mindless, but—alakazam!—four becomes a mind! If not four, then some other number.
There is, incidentally, nothing wrong with putting cogs in place of wires. An abacus is just as much a computer as a gathering of microchips.
Just think: it has to be! It’s not the wire, or the germanium etc. that makes up the transistor, that is conscious. These are just bits of things doing what they were designed to do. It’s not electricity that is conscious, for that it just movement of electrons, and electrons aren’t conscious. If it’s anything, it has to be the relative movement between parts that suddenly becomes, via magic, a mind. Since movement of the exact kind in a computer can be made in wood, albeit of larger size and more complex joints, then out minds can be “uploaded” to abacuses.
On the other hand, or in the other thought, if our intellects are not material, as some claim, therefore that which is not material cannot be uploaded onto any material thing. Non-material implies a sort of infinity, so the best any machine can do is approximate, weakly and finitely, what intellects do, and only in the sense of returning pre-programmed answers.
Marvin Minsky died in January 2016 at the age of 88. Although perhaps only temporarily: shortly before his death, he was one of the signatories of the Scientists’ Open Letter on Cryonics — the deep-freezing of human bodies at death for thawing at a future date when the technology exists to bring them back to life. He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of cryonics company Alcor. It is therefore entirely possible that Minsky’s brain is waiting, shock-frozen to be brought back to life at some time in the future as a backup on a computer.
If intellects are not material, and therefore they survive the death of the body, Minsky will be shocked back to life, but not in the way he thought.
Addendum I only saw this early this morning: Elon Musk’s ‘Brain Chip’ Could Be Suicide of the Mind, Says Scientist
Musk argued that such devices will help humans deal with the so-called AI apocalypse, a scenario in which artificial intelligence outpaces human intelligence and takes control of the planet away from the human species. “Even in a benign AI scenario, we will be left behind,” Musk warned.
None of these guys are smart enough to remember how to turn off the electricity.
Update I like YOS’s comment so much, that I’m graduating it:
If you mash my fingers, I may no longer be able to play the clarinet, but it would be absurd to claim that it was my fingers that were doing the playing. Rather, it is I, the organism, that was playing the clarinet, using my fingers…We ought not consider the brain as being a magical organ, one which uses the organism, rather than just another organ used by the organism.
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