DEFINITIONS

Analog
Continuous steps, where gaps are infinitely divisible, such as real numbers.

Android
Autonomous human-like device.

Artificial Intelligence
Machine possessing the ability to perform actions implying intelligence.

Automata
Self-operating machines.

Biological immortality
Perpetuating genes through continuity instead of replication.

Circular reasoning
See Circular reasoning.

Consciousness
See Continuity of.

Continuity of Consciousness
See Self.

Cryonics
Extending life by freezing those dying from disease until a cure is found.

Digital
Discreet steps, such as the gaps between whole numbers.

Digital Immortality
The selfplex perpetuated in a digital medium. (LF)

Information Valet
Helps users cope with information by a) knowing what is available, b) assisting you with access, and c) keeping track of your information interests and acquisitions. (LF)

Meme
1. An element of culture that may be considered to be passed on by a non-genetic means, esp. imitation. (OED) 2. Replicator for transmitting a unit of culture. (LF)

Memeplex
A system of memes united for mutual advantage. (SB)

Perpetuators
Humans extending life spans through biological immortality. (LF)

Robot
Device performing tasks planned by humans.

One-way immortality
Preserving and transmitting your ideas, i.e., communicating to the future. (GB)

Self
See Consciousness.

Selfplex
A memeplex functioning within a human. (SB)

Soul
Religious term expressing belief in an eternal self.

Soul Bank
Selfplexes digitally stored waiting for instantiation either as interactive entities of the online community (digital immortality), or as physical entities of the offline community (robots). (LF)

Two-way immortality
Allows the digital "you" (whole or part) to communicate with the future in the sense that artifact continues to learn and evolve, i.e., endless experience and learning. (GB)

Turing test
An attempt to determine indirectly whether a conversationalist is human or machine.


References

GB: Bell, Gordon and Gray, Jim. “Digital Immortality” March 2001, Communications of the ACM.

LF: Lee Frank

OED: Oxford English Dictionary

SB: Blackmore, Susan. The Meme Machine, Oxford University Press, 1999.


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