Item description for Neuroengineering the Future:Virtual Minds and the Creation of Immortality (Computer Science) (Engineering)(Biology) (Computer Science) by Bruce F. Katz, Ph.D....
++Awe-inspiring Look at the Future of Man and Machine! We are on the cusp of a broad revolution, one with startling implications for perception, cognition, emotion, and indeed, personal identity. Still in its relative infancy, this rapidly progressing field is poised to move from perceptual aids, such as cochlear implants to devices that will enhance and speed up thought, to the ultimate goal of researchers-that of downloading the mind from its bound state in the body to a platform-independent existence. This controversial book describes the science that will make these transformations possible. It begins by describing how the brain works, including an overview of the architecture of the brain. It then examines the current state-of-art neural technologies, including devices that read from the brain, and devices that can write information into the brain. The book also describes how insights from the nascent field of consciousness studies show how the full transfer of the soul could be realized. Finally, it considers what it would be like to be a mind unbound, and the possibilities beyond those found in ordinary corporeal life. +++Features +Contains a comprehensive description of current neural technologies, and describes how they work with reference to material in earlier developmental chapters +Shows which scenarios are most likely for transfer of the mind to a machine +Describes short-term prospects for neural enhancement, with a specific description of how such devices will work. Avoids vague pronouncements and concentrates on specific technological possibilities + Discusses the ethical, cultural, and existential implications of the unbound mind +Focuses on a given line of technological development: from the simple enhancements of today to the brain-machine interfaces of the near future to the final departure of the mind from its corporeal home +++Table of Contents (tentative) Part I. Foundational Material 1. Introduction. 2. The Brain, as Designed by Evolution: Functional Neuroanatomy. 3. The Brain as Designed by Evolution: High and Low-level Computation. 4. The Data of Consciousness. 5. Conciousness: In search of a theory. 6. Personal Identity. Part II. The State of the Art 1. Repairing the Spine. 2. Brain Machine Interfaces. 3. Non-invasive Control. 4. Neural Implants 5. On the Horizon. Part III. Engineering the Future Mind 1. From Thinking Caps to Eureka Caps. 2. Happy on Demand. 3. Downloading the Soul: A Formula. 4. Ethical Implications. 5. The Mind, Unbound.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Jun 20, 2008
Publisher Infinity Science Press
ISBN 1934015180 ISBN13 9781934015186
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More About Bruce F. Katz, Ph.D.
BRUCE KATZ received his B.A. in philosophy from Duke University in 1981 and his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence in 1990. Between 1990 and 1998 he was a lecturer in artificial intelligence at the University of Sussex in the U.K and is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. He conducts research on the perception of beauty in man and machine.
Bruce F. Katz currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania. Bruce F. Katz was born in 1959.
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The science is specific, yet discussions are easy to absorb. Sep 6, 2008
Computer and science collections at the college level will find important a controversial book which describes concepts of neuroengineering, which have already produced cochlear implants and promise many new advancements. From discussions of how the brain works to surveys of neural technologies, devices that can interact with the brain, and more, chapters discuss mind, machine, and transition points between the two. The science is specific, yet discussions are easy to absorb.