Securing the Uploaded Mind | Life 2.0

Ray Kurzweil an American author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist first proposed the idea of uploading a human mind in a computer. He stated that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence — an event known as the singularity.

I got quite interested by his research and futuristic thinking, being a sophomore majoring in Cyber Security and Forensics I can think of a 100 issues that we’ll face in 2045 when technology surpasses human kind.

First let’s break down what is Mind Uploading!

Whole brain emulation (WBE), mind upload or brain upload (sometimes called "mind copying" or "mind transfer") is the hypothetical process of scanning mental state (including long-term memory and "self") of a particular brain substrate and copying it to a computer. The computer could then run a simulation model of the brain’s information processing, such that it responds in essentially the same way as the original brain (i.e., indistinguishable from the brain for all relevant purposes) and experiences having a conscious mind.

As turning cyborgs is definitely our destiny, we’ll need to secure ourselves from attackers who’ll have even juicer targets as we become more vulnerable.

So today I propose this Idea to the world: The solution is simple and we already have developed it! Scary 😨right?

The answer to this problem is AI(Artificial Intelligence). Yes! AI.

If you been a regular news reader you must have heard about tech giants shutting down their AI(Facebook is one that comes to mind right now) as their programmers were not able to decode AIs' originally created code.

Instead of freaking out and shutting down our AI we can leverage this power of theirs to encrypt our uploaded mind and communication channels.

We’ll stick to the basics here, say my uploaded mind is represented by my name, i.e., Vishrant and I want to send a message to my friends uploaded mind which is represented by Kaki. I’ll encrypt my message with Kakis' public key and send it to him. As only Kaki has the private key to that encryption only Kaki will be able to decrypt it.

Every AI will have its own encryption technique that we probably wouldn't have seen ever before. If we’re able to implement it at a mass scale, it’ll be a nightmare for Hackers.

I’ll like to end this amazing blog with a quote by Dr. Ray Kurzweil.

Our technology, our machines, is part of our humanity. We created them to extend ourselves, and that is what is unique about human beings. ~Ray Kurzweil