Research is already under way to defeat death, involving medical scientists and artificial intelligence experts, focusing on creating the technology necessary to upload the brain’s contents to a silicon support and then download it again into a new body. This is not science fiction.
In his article “How to become immortal – upload your mind”, US based researcher Terrence Aym* presents the latest focus of the scientific community in achieving immortality.
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He claims that the thoughts of futurists, cybernetic experts and artificial intelligence researchers “are converging on the same basic idea: Why not upload everything that’s in the brain-everything that makes a person who they are-into a computer and then download it again into a new body? Doing such a thing would make the individual theoretically immortal”.
According to his research, there is already a taskforce working on this death-defying project, namely an organization called The Digital Immortality Institute (DII) which “has determined the three things necessary to achieve digital immortality are: guaranteed Internet access; insure the identity integrity of the avatars for each individual user; and finally, make sure the personality, memory, everything that makes up the person as a unique individual, has been uploaded into the digital facsimile before the actual person dies”.
What then happens is that “an individual is uploaded into a digital avatar and survives 24/7 within a permanent, theoretically eternal, Internet”.
Fantasy? Not quite. The British futurist Ian Pearson, quoted by Terrence Aym, claims that “death will be a thing of the past by 2050”. Until then, super computers with massive memory capacity will have been developed.
Ian Pearson and Anders Sandberg, a member of the transhuman movement, believe that the technology allowing the uploading and downloading of minds is imminent.