By Tom Z
11:14 AM EDT, August 29, 2012
Billionaire Dmitry Itskov has a plan to make humans immortal using avatars, and when I say he has a plan to make humans immortal, what I mean is he has a plan to make himself immortal, because no normal person will ever be able to afford this avatar-based reality should it come to fruition. Nevertheless it’s an interesting idea, and not as far-fetched as it might seem. PSFK.com explains:
- Year 2020: Humans will be able to remotely control robotic avatars through brain-computer interaction.
- Year 2025: Humans will be able to continue living after their physical bodies have given out by transplanting their brains into robotic avatars; this ‘autonomous life-support system’ will enable humans to continue to have an active life.
- Year 2035: The human brain and consciousness will be recreated via computer model and transferred to an avatar to enable humans to keep living after ‘death.’
- Year 2045: Immortality arrives in the form of a holographic avatar; the human brain and consciousnesses has been fully transferred to the artificial form.
If this happens, it will just like that James Cameron movie. You know, Titanic. The one where the rich guy survives and everyone else dies. I have to say, as cool as it sounds on paper, immortality is an extremely flawed goal. We should realize by this point you’ll never get people to stop having babies. If old people survive forever, and new people keep being born, won’t we eventually run out of room on Earth? I’ll end up sharing a bed with 4 small Japanese men every night. I mean, sure, I do that already, but right now it’s by choice, not by necessity.
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