jack_arcalon


the Simple Immortality Plan

An anthropic philosopher in a race against time.


Human mind scanning methods: A preliminary list
jack_arcalon
A still incomplete list of possible personality tests of the future.
This is Version 1.1.

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* A worldwide open-source mind test database.
It will be user generated and user improved, starting with lists of questions that are proven to reveal some aspect of a subject's personality and memories.

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* Free association tests.
Random-walk Rogerian question chains. Starting from one small fact, eventually exploring all personality and memory aspects.

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* Describe only one memory or past situation in perfect detail.
According to the holographic principle, all aspects of a subject's personality could be deduced by reconstructing a single, perfectly realized setting.
The subject could also start with their main compulsion, what they want most, their secret essence.

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* The user is asked to describe their current purpose and concerns in mind-numbing detail.

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* Question/Answer recycling.
The subject is made to interview themselves, by inventing the most relevant and penetrating questions they can imagine, and later answering them.

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* Linguistic density.
Words in natural languages may refer to arbitrarily complex concepts. Meanings can change during conversations to refer to specific situations.
Test subjects could improvise personal poetry, invent new words, or change their meanings to get tremendous data density, but the resulting interview would have to be carefully interpreted.

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* Personality Type testing.
The Big Five personality dimensions are as follows:
- openness - conservativeness
- conscientiousness - frivolousness
- extraversion - introversion
- agreeableness - hostility
- neuroticism - antifragility

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* Timeline methods.
Create a complete chronological list of all recoverable past events in order.

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* Randomly add individual memories one by one, in no particular order.
Lists of places, persons, interests, and undated events.

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* Create an ideal user environment in Virtual Reality to represent someone's ideal self.
The Memory Palace metaphor. It could be an island, a library, a theme park, a city or a fantasy world.

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* Mind Extension (ME) software.
By measuring and assisting with daily activities, ME software will slowly evolve a simulacrum of its user.
After being used long enough, it may become part of the user's mind.

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* D-Maps: Compare the user to all other users.
A Deviation Map would list all persons the user most resembles in many different ways. It would compare the profiles of millions of people to find the closest matches along any axis.

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* FAM networks (Forced Affinity Matrix).
Sophisticated personality tests could identify highly compatible groups or complementary people worldwide.
The tests would determine how and to what extent they could cooperate. They could then join together in online communities known as 'Fams'.
They might even form larger virtual minds by combining their skill sets.

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* The brute force solution.
Reverse engineering a human mind using only Behaviorist methods will be unbelievably difficult. It will take an extreme amount of intelligence to extract data this subtle.
Thanks to increasing CPU performance, future AI software will eventually become orders of magnitude smarter than any human mind.

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