Monday, April 9, 2018

The Bo$ton Globe's Brain Fart

"Brain freeze: scientist’s idea to preserve human brains too much for MIT" by Andy Rosen Globe Staff  April 06, 2018

Robert McIntyre, the former Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher, believes he can preserve a brain well enough that someday its memories could be recovered. Maybe even uploaded to a computer.

This is the kind of transhuman immortality that these sick f***s running our world are aiming for. Thus the ob$e$$ion with AI and the like.

The premise was enough to unnerve even the MIT Media Lab, which cut ties with his California startup, Nectome, on Monday. Several weeks earlier, McIntyre’s research had gone viral after a magazine article noted he had received $10,000 deposits from several dozen people eager to reserve a plot in the digital afterlife.

Despite seeing his big idea rendered as a morbid obsession on the Internet, McIntyre remains steadfast in his belief that computers can one day replicate the physical workings of the brain. (This would be a huge leap from what we consider artificial intelligence, where software is used to make decisions.)

“The brain is an immensely complicated physical object, and so by virtue of it being physical, you can simulate it,” he said. “You can capture the processes that it’s doing computationally, and so you should be able to reproduce the computations that the brain is doing in other mediums the same way you can emulate one computer on another computer.”

McIntyre is a serious scientist, whose work on preserving brains in animals for deeper study has attracted no less a backer than the United States government. The National Institute of Mental Health has provided nearly $1 million in grants to Nectome for research on brain preservation and imaging. And he and a colleague won an $80,000 prize from the Brain Preservation Foundation for their discoveries on preserving synapses in pig brains.

His goal of working on human brains is a more distant project, in only its earliest stages of research. In an article in MIT Technology Review in March, Nectome disclosed it has received one donated human brain from a deceased person. But it has stopped accepting applications from people it refers to as “early supporters” amid a backlog of inquiries.

Eventually, Nectome may be able to essentially embalm people with terminal illnesses while they are sedated, but still alive, then freeze their bodies with brains inside. The process would result in their deaths, but Nectome believes it would be permissible in California, which has a doctor-assisted suicide law.

You just won't be able to talk about it in California (progressive fascism is the best kind).

Gary Schwitzer, publisher of the science media watchdog, said McIntyre’s situation underscores how scientists have to be careful describing research that might be years ahead of what society deems acceptable.

“Describe the passion and the fire that burns in you,” said Schwitzer. “Just don’t brush up against suggesting that evidence exists when it doesn’t. And avoid hype at all expense, because it’s going to come back to burn you, and it should.”

Must be why the Globe ran the story on a Saturday.

McIntyre remains passionate about his company’s science, believing it could become a major advance in human preservation over what was used when Ted Williams’s head and body were frozen upon his death in 2002 .

But he acknowledged the larger scientific world has to be ready to allow that research to proceed.

“Our position is that brain preservation has the potential for immense benefits to society, but only if it is developed with the participation of the neuroscience and medical ethics communities,” McIntyre said.....

As for the rest of us, we are left out of the discussion.