While Dmitry Itskov is hiring talent to make the instantiation of human consciousness in a synthetic humanoid body a reality (see Part I of this series), Sebastian Seung, a Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT is working out the details of mapping that consciousness.
Seung’s new book Connectome deals with the attempt to create a map of the neurons in a human brain and the connections between them.
The home page for his lab, with a list of publications and links to several of them, is here.
You can find an NPR article and a podcast of a reasonably good interview with Seung here.
Seung’s TED lecture is embedded below and below that is the video trailer for Connectome.
Brain mapping and uploading feature in my novel Luck and Death at the Edge of the World, due out in May 2012. Get details and download a free, previously published short story on my site here.
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