Myth of Human Brain Downloading to Robots

Humans and Robots are different forms of life.  Each form of life is naturally provided with an
instinct for survival.  Survival to a human is food, shelter and clothing whereas survival to a
robot is simply recharging his batteries.  Humans have to be inculcated with very strong
instincts for producing more humans simply because the manufacturing of humans takes
such a large multi-decade effort.  To raise 3 children from birth to decent law-abiding
adulthood requires the investment of much time and money.  Traditionally the woman acts
as the loving housewife and focuses much of her time on raising children.  The man spends a
majority of his income supporting the family, as he should.

Current trends in the U.S. reflect a growth in single parenthood.   

With robots, no such instinct for production of more robots need exist.  When a robot sees that
another robot is needed to assist in accomplishing the job at hand, he simply orders another
robot from a website and production and delivery is accomplished within a week or two.  If the
desired robot is to have a PhD in economics, he may be ordered with Mises 2.3 software from
the Austrian Economic Software Corporation, Milton Friedman 3.5a software from Libertarian
Software corporation or with Greenspan version 7.1, depending on the currently preferred
vendor.

Ray Kurzweil in his book,
The Age of Spiritual Machines, envisioned downloading human
brain contents into robots.  Were he to simply ask a robot what the robot thought about such a
notion, the robot would point out a few problems.

The concept of taking a primitive brain such as a human's and "downloading" its contents
into a robot simply makes no sense.  Why would you want your robot to have the mind of a
human male, for example?  This would mean that it has an instinct to have sex with a human
female and dedicate 25 years or more to "raising a human baby."  To do this, you would have
to erase the natural instinct within the robot to "order another robot and expect it in a week"
and replace that instinct with "have sex with a human female (with what organ am I supposed
to do that?) and create human infants.

More recently Dr. Kurzweil has stated that he expects that humans will be modifying
themselves quite substantially in the upcoming decades and that these modified humans will
be more likely to want to upload themselves into fully inorganic robot bodies.  This may well
be true.


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