Carboncopies.org is currently focusing its efforts on the following areas:
- Organising conferences and workshops to incite discussion between different organisations connected with this field of reserach
Carboncopies.org has organized workshops such as the ASIM-2010
conference. An experts brainstorming workshop, joint Carboncopies.org / 2045 Initiative launch conference, SFN Annual Meeting Satellite Event and more are planned and coming up soon.
By combining our efforts with the 2045 Initiative, the roadmap to Whole Brain Emulation now forms the core of the 2013 Global Future 2045 Congress in NYC
through the contributions of speakers in the Theory of Mind and Neuroengineering tracks.
- Monitor progress towards SIM along routes identified on our roadmap, maintain and update that roadmap with the set of required technologies in mind
A roadmap exists at multiple levels, from the big picture objective of SIM to the feasible technology routes via whole brain emulation and neural interfaces. Objective requirements and technological routes are assessed within our multi-disciplinary network of collaborating experts.
- Identify corresponding necessary projects and their required resources
Each technology is assessed to identify feasibility requirements, existing components, integration options and development needs. Conform with the updates of the dynamic roadmap, we are aware of the most promising candidates at this time. This includes efforts such as the development of the "Molecular Ticker Tape" approach to functional recording within cells (Harvard, MIT, Northwestern University), the development of Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy for use in Connectomics (Janelia Farms) and many more.
- Provide the overall context, network of expertise and resources to existing projects, ensure optimal fit of project results with SIM roadmap requirements
Many of the most relevant and necessary projects are already linked into our network, and a world class network of experts is informed and involved. We are continually increasing this mosaic, filling in the pieces and identifying those that need additional attention.
Project-request addressing fundamental SIM insights with regard to System Identification in neural circuitry: We are interested to hear about and contact projects or project proposals aimed at experimental methods to determine the effects of a deviation from expected/intended mind state at t+dt; how might one determine a deviation that is acceptable; and how does that threshold relate to the type and resolution of the data deemed crucial during acquisition of mind state and function parameters at t. - We imagine that projects may take a whole brain perspective, considering the total mind state, or that projects may take a component perspective, considering variations and effects of component functions. Learning about this will allow us to improve our assessment of candidate technology routes to WBE and SIM. (May 2012)
Carboncopies.org is always interested in compatible individual or organized sponsors to join us, our network and our existing funders to take advantage of this Window of Opportunity to achieve the means by which our species can address our present and upcoming challenges.
- Communication and expansion of our network
Carboncopies.org is always actively inviting participation and recruiting promising individuals who are enthusiastic to contribute or who provide essential expertise!
- Database of literature and resources
Information relating to relevant fields of science and technology, knowledge obtained through our network of experts and key points of understanding are collected and will be presented in an accessible format.