December 2, 2015
Can we implant a human consciousness into an artificial body, thus effectively creating a human-based artificial intelligence? Creepy doesn’t begin to explain the nature of this question, but Australian startup Humai (Human Resurrection Through Artificial Intelligence) thinks it can be done.
According to an article in TechSpot, the company “claims to be working on a way to transfer a person’s consciousness into an artificial body after they’ve died”. They go on to quote Humai CEO Josh Bocanegra as saying:
“We want to bring you back to life after you die. We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures.”
It’s easy enough on paper to say that you’re going to put a human consciousness into a robot. But then there’s the question of how you actually do this.
Humai’s process, according to the article, is to collect extensive data about their members prior to death. They’ll accomplish this by utilizing a host of apps that are currently in development. At the time of death, Humai will cryogenically freeze the deceased brain until their technology is fully developed. From there it’s as simple as implanting them into an artificial body.
“The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves. As the brain ages we'll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells. Cloning technology is going to help with this too,” says Bocanegra in the article.
So, legitimately speaking, what’s the timeframe on all of this? Bocanegra believes, as the article says, that Humai will be able to resurrect the first human within the next 30 years.
Imagine that, humans may have actually found a way to cheat death. Me, personally, I’m in the camp of pessimism on this one, and I don't know if humans should be trying to attain immortality. That's just me though – what do you think?
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