Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
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Intelligence Unbound explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists.

  • Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds
  • Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more
  • Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest
  • Illuminates the nature and ethics of tomorrow’s machine minds—and of the convergence of humans and machines—to consider the pros and cons of a variety of intriguing possibilities
  • Considers classic philosophical puzzles as well as the latest topics debated by scholars
  • Covers a wide range of viewpoints and arguments regarding the prospects of uploading and machine intelligence, including proponents and skeptics, pros and cons


Russell Blackford is an Australian philosopher, literary critic, and author, based at the University of Newcastle, NSW. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology, and his books include Freedom of Religion and the Secular State (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Damien Broderick is an award-winning Australian science and fiction writer, editor and critical theorist. He has written or edited some 60 books, including The Spike (revised, ed. 2002), the first full-length treatment of the technological Singularity, and Year Million (ed. 2008), about the deep future.


Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction I: Machines of Loving Grace (Let’s Hope) 1
Damien Broderick

Introduction II: Bring on the Machines 11
Russell Blackford

1 How Conscience Apps and Caring Computers will Illuminate and Strengthen Human Morality 26
James J. Hughes

2 Threshold Leaps in Advanced Artificial Intelligence 35
Michael Anissimov

3 Who Knows Anything about Anything about AI? 46
Stuart Armstrong and Seán ÓhÉigeartaigh

4 Nine Ways to Bias Open-Source Artificial General Intelligence Toward Friendliness 61
Ben Goertzel and Joel Pitt

5 Feasible Mind Uploading 90
Randal A. Koene

6 Uploading: A Philosophical Analysis 102
David J. Chalmers

7 Mind Uploading: A Philosophical Counter-Analysis 119
Massimo Pigliucci

8 If You Upload, Will You Survive? 131
Joseph Corabi and Susan Schneider

9 On the Prudential Irrationality of Mind Uploading 146
Nicholas Agar

10 Uploading and Personal Identity 161
Mark Walker

11 Whole Brain Emulation: Invasive vs. Non-Invasive Methods 178
Naomi Wellington

12 The Future of Identity: Implications, Challenges, and Complications of Human/Machine Consciousness 193
Kathleen Ann Goonan

13 Practical Implications of Mind Uploading 201
Joe Strout

14 The Values and Directions of Uploaded Minds 212
Nicole Olson

15 The Enhanced Carnality of Post-Biological Life 222
Max More

16 Qualia Surfing 231
Richard Loosemore

17 Design of Life Expansion and the Human Mind 240
Natasha Vita-More

18 Against Immortality: Why Death is Better than the Alternative 248
Iain Thomson and James Bodington

19 The Pinocchio Syndrome and the Prosthetic Impulse 263
Victor Grech

20 Being Nice to Software Animals and Babies 279
Anders Sandberg

21 What Will It Be Like To Be an Emulation? 298
Robin Hanson

Afterword 310
Linda MacDonald Glenn

Index 321


"As can be seen from my comments for story ideas, this book is also a ripe ground to get your imagination working and if you want to be involved in writing the next generation of SF stories, definitely deserves a read."  (, 1 September 2014)

"These engrossing reflections on the plausibility of advanced AI and uploading inspire a wealth of profound questions about who or what we believe ourselves to be."
Wendell Wallach, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

"If humanity survives for thirty years, the topic of this book may be the most important there is. The book is readable, fun and stuffed with expertise. So read it."
David Braddon-Mitchell, University of Sydney