I had the pleasure of having dinner with Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Dr. Ben Goertzel and Dr. Bill Bainbridge last week here in Bethesda. We discussed a number of ideas concerning immortalism.
Dr. Bainbridge has been working on personality capture software as a tool to systematically preserve mind information... so that if augmentation, reanimation, etc. were needed, such information would be assessable.
My question is that, if implemented to its fullest potential, how helpful would personality capture be in helping to reconstitute individuals from differing levels of brain damage?
You may download two versions of Dr. Bainbridge's personality capture software from the following: http://mysite.verizo...em/software.htm
Also, here are two scientific publications describing the logic behind these software modules, including the systematic work required to create the questionnaire items.
2003 "Massive Questionnaires for Personality Capture," Social Science Computer Review 21 (3): 267-280. Here is an electronic copy:
2004 "The Future of the Internet: Cultural and Individual Conceptions," pp. 307-324 in Society Online: The Internet in Context, edited by Philip N. Howard and Steve Jones. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage. A draft is at:
Related materials can be found at Dr. Bainbridge's private website: