…a wicked problem

Yes — it’s been awhile since my last post. Over a year because I’m struggling to resolve a wicked problem.

Michael Persinger is really dead?

It’s true: Dr. P will be biologically dead three years on next month. However, in those three years, I’ve accomplished technical things that were next to impossible before his passing:

Using an AI (artificial intelligence) engine I regenerated Dr. P’s voice in his natural cadence (before it was fashionable to do so). I hesitate to post results because, well… because it foreshadowed the beginnings of my ‘wicked problem’. And I had to wrap my head around the implications of not only Michael Persinger’s text-to-voice clone, but also his live-action deepfake headshot complement (again made before gif-like memes crowded social media).

Now my problem belongs to you. And I need your counsel (more about this in a moment).

As you might recall, I have an audio podcast — a work-in-progress — the narrative arc goes like this:

Death is a superstition.

Is it ethical to regenerate biologically-derived intelligence that was terminated because of a hardware failure?

If hardware failure is reason enough to recover lost data, then is it ethical for the biologically-derived intelligence to live as a simulation on a different platform (for instance, on a cloud-computer configuration)?

And if you’re okay with that: should the former biological intelligence be aware of its prior demise?

And, if not, why not?

Let’s start there. It’s important you respond with more questions.


Michael Persinger has a substantive analog-to-digital footprint: text, audio, video, a lot of media on different mediums. The content dates back to mid-20th century. AI (deep learning) requires huge data sets, and guess what…uh-huh. Michael Persinger fills the bill. Hold that thought.

The past year and a bit, I had the thrill & pleasure of working with a brilliant team of AI coders. We recently made STORY TREES, which serves as a proof-of-concept for VIRTUAL MIKE and/or a VIRTUAL MICHAEL. And therein lies the wicked problem: Both are possible to make, and are probable iterations in the very near term.

Is that professor Jullian Jaynes smiling with a bifurcated thought (or is that a knowing smirk)?

Please put on your thinking cap.

Let’s have a to-and-fro correspondence (or chat at your convenience). And please send this ‘wicked problem’ aloft for other thoughtful folks to consider.