If the Russian multimillionaire and former online media mogul Dmitry Itskov has his way, we will be able to trade our bodies in for holograms and have computerized brains in 32 short years.
At the Global Future 2045 conference in New York City, Itskov unveiled a timeline for achieving immortality. Here are some of the key milestones:
2020: We will have the ability to control robots with our brains.
2025: When our bodies have grown too frail, a robot body will serve as a life-support system.
2035: The end of brains as we know them today. They will be digital systems.
2045: The date of the Singularity, when man and machine will have fully merged. Immortality, achieved.
This is obviously an aggressive timeline.
As The New York Times observed, "what Mr. Itskov is striving for makes wearable computers, like Google Glass, seem as about as futuristic as Lincoln Logs."
Itskov calls this next phase in human-technological evolution "neo-humanity."