I’ve been a fan of science fiction for quite some time. Recent films like Transcendence and Replicas have kept me “edutained” and intrigued about science and technology. But there is a project in the works that’s turning fiction into a reality, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
Founded by Russian Entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov, the 2045 Initiative is a project aimed at creating technologies that enable the transfer of individual consciousness to a non-biological carrier, which could extend life to the point of immortality; in other words, transferring human personalities into artificial brains (robots). According to The Sun, a team of scientists is building a research center that’ll focus on robotics, cybernetics, and the merging of man to machine. They predict that the mapping of the human brain can one day be uploaded to a computer (AI), and the artificial brain will be imprinted with the personality and thoughts of an existing human.
As for the reason for this project, Itskov advised the following:
“I’m motivated by the fear of death.”
“Within the next 30 years, I am going to make sure that we can all live forever.”
The future prospects of the 2045 Initiative include the following:
- 2015 – 2020: the emergence of android avatars that will be controlled by a “brain-computer” interface. This will give people the ability to work in dangerous environments, perform rescue operations, and travel in extreme situations.
- 2020 – 2025: the creation of a life-support system for the human brain, linked to a robot avatar, will save people whose body is completely worn out or irreversibly damaged.
- 2030 – 2035: the creation of a computer model of the brain and human consciousness that’ll transfer individual consciousness onto an artificial carrier.
- 2045: substance-independent minds will receive new bodies with capacities exceeding ordinary humans.
I don’t have a problem with artificial intelligence that helps humanity, but replacing biological humans with robots and fighting against nature (death) is too Frankensteinish for me. Robots are the future, and I think most of us have accepted that. But there needs to be a line drawn somewhere.
Until Next Time…
Pettit, H. (2019, July 30). HOW TO LIVE FOREVER Russian billionaire ‘100% confident’ he can make humans IMMORTAL by 2045. Retrieved September 07, 2020, from https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9613934/billionaire-dmitry-itskov-20145-initiative/