A Russian media mogul, Dmitry Itskov announced formally about his intentions to disembody our conscious minds and upload them to a hologram, an avatar, by 2045. In simpler words, he plans to achieve immortality by removing human brain from the physical constraints of the biological human body. In a letter to the members of the Forbes World’s Billionaire’s List, he’s offering up that immortality to the world’s 1,266 richest people.
The 2045 Initiative claims that they have hired 30 scientists who are helping it to achieve its goal of immortality. It is opening an office in San Francisco this summer. They would also be launching a major social media effort to get scientists talking about cybernetic technologies. It’s hosting another Global Future Congress next year in New York City (the last one was in Moscow earlier this year). In other words it is no joke, they are serious about it.
Itskov wrote in the letter, “Many of you who have accumulated great wealth by making success of your businesses are supporting science, the arts and charities. I urge you to take note of the vital importance of funding scientific development in the field of cybernetic immortality and the artificial body. Such research has the potential to free you, as well as the majority of all people on our planet, from disease, old age and even death.”
The idea is to move human brain to a more disembodied and futuristic vehicle. Firstly a humanoid robot controlled entirely by a human brain via brain-machine interface, then a conscious human brain transplanted into a humanoid robot, then consciousness uploaded (sans biological gray matter) to a computer, and finally a hologram that contains a full conscious human mind.
Itskov writes, “Currently you invest in business projects that will bring you yet another billion. You also have the ability to finance the extension of your own life up to immortality. Our civilization has come very close to the creation of such technologies: it’s not a science fiction fantasy. It is in your power to make sure that this goal will be achieved in your lifetime.”
We shall see.