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Get in on Immortality at the Ground Level

March 24, 2013, 9:47 AM
Immortality

What's the Latest Development?

Dmitry Itskov, a multi-millionaire Russian Internet mogul, is soliciting investment for what he expects will be the world's first immortality research center. "A new corporate entity that the Russian will formally announce at an event in June will allow investors to bankroll research into neuroscience and human consciousness with the ultimate goal of transferring human minds into robots, extending human life indefinitely. Early investors will be first in line for the technology when it matures, something Itskov believes will happen in the 2040s."

What's the Big Idea?

Receiving return on an investment in terms of eternal life is certainly a new and interesting business model, but will the technology be ready? And what exactly is meant by immortality? Itskov predicts that by 2020, scientists will figure out how to control robots via brain-machine interfaces. By 2025 the goal is to place a human brain into a working robot and have that person’s consciousness transfer along with it. By 2035, create robots with artificial brains to which human consciousness can be uploaded. And by 2045, Itskov expects to transfer human minds into robotic avatars. 

Read it at Kurzweil AI

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