This time, we sat down with Randal Koene, a well-respected neuroscientist and founder of CarbonCopies.org, the outreach and roadmapping organization for advancing substrate independent minds. What is a substrate independent mind? Fair question. According to Carbon Copies, substrate independence is when “our cognitive processes are then no longer tied to a single version of the brain’s processing architecture. Instead, our thoughts and feelings will be able to exist on a variety of processing substrates.”
In other words, our minds, our consciousness can exist outside of our brains, the mushy stuff, potentially forever on another platform. Randal Koene has dedicated his life to mind uploading, whole brain emulation, and making it possible, as he puts it, “to choose our brain and body much as we can choose our winter or summer clothes to suit our needs.”
Randal explains the concept of mind uploading and its implications far better than I will ever be able to so I’ll let him take it from here. This topic is important, and although mind uploading may not seem like a reality, it may be closer than you think and can solve many of the problems we deal with today as we are limited by our biology. So without further ado here is our wide-ranging conversation with neuroscientist Randal Koene.