by Lauren O’Neil from cbc.ca
If Dmitry Itskov’s 2045 initiative plays out as planned, humans will have the option of living forever with the help of machines in only 33 years.
It may sound ridiculous, but the 31-year-old Russian mogul is dead serious about neuroscience, android robotics, and cybernetic immortality.
He has already pulled together a team of leading Russian scientists intent on creating fully functional holographic human avatars that house artificial brains which contain a person’s complete consciousness – in other words, a humanoid robot.
Together, they’ve laid out an ambitious course of action that would see the team transplant a human brain into an artificial body (or ‘avatar’) in as little as seven years time.
Now, Itskov is asking the world’s richest people for help in financing the project.
In exchange, he’s offered to coordinate their own personal immortality projects for free.
“I urge you to take note of the vital importance of funding scientific development in the field of cybernetic immortality and the artificial body,” he writes in an open letter to members of the Forbes World’s Billionaires List.
“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.”
Itskov goes on to offer skeptics a meeting with “a team of the world’s leading scientists working in this field ” to prove the viability of the concept of cybernetic immortality.
And while many are skeptical that such a plan could ever come to fruition, Popular
Science Magazine points that phase one — creating a robot controlled by a human brain — is already well within reach.
“DARPA is already working on it via a program called “Avatar” (which, incidentally, is also the name of Itskov’s project) through which the Pentagon hopes to create a brain-machine interface that will allow soldiers to control bipedal human surrogate machines remotely with their minds,” writes PopSci’s Clay Dillow.
“And of course there are all the ongoing medical prosthesis projects that have shown that the human nervous system can interface with prosthetic enhancements, manipulating them via thought. Itskov draws a clear arc from what we have now to the consciousness-containing holograms that he envisions. All we have to do is attack the technological obstacles in between, one at a time, until we get there.”
Discovery’s Alyssa Danigelis takes an opposing stance to the very idea.
“There’s a world of difference between pursuing a brain-controlled exoskeleton to help paraplegics regain control and wanting to essentially upload a human brain into an artificial body,” she writes.
“I read a sci-fi novel involving disembodied live brains once. It didn’t turn out well”
July 23rd 1973, that was the day I achieved contact with an extraterrestrial from Sirius or started hallucinating that i was depending on which way you want to look at it. I varied between both theories over the years.
Around 1973 I became convinced for awhile that I was receiving messages from outer space, but then a psychic reader told me I was actually channeling an ancient chinese philosopher, and another psychic reader told me I was channeling a medieval irish bard. at that time I started reading neurology and I decided it was just my right brain talking to my left brain. Then I went to ireland and found out it was a 6 foot tall white rabbit they call it the puka and the irish know all about it. So it depends on who I’m talking to which of these metaphors I use to explain where these weird patterns come from that jump out of the books and grab the readers and change their lives, its not me its a 6 foot tall rabbit.
“Robert Anton Wilson (born Robert Edward Wilson, January 18, 1932 — January 11, 2007), the American author of 33 influential books, became, at various times, a novelist, philosopher, psychologist, essayist, editor, playwright, futurist, polymath, civil libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and a Saint of Discordianism by Discordians who care to label him as such, Wilson helped publicize the group/religion/melee through his writings, interviews, and strolls.
Wilson described his work as an “attempt to break down conditioned associations, to look at the world in a new way, with many models recognized as models or maps, and no one model elevated to the truth.” His goal being “to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone but agnosticism about everything.”
Jason Silva. Futurist… and self proclaimed Ecstatic Truth Lover and Techno Optimist.
More at http://vimeo.com/jasonsilva
Aldous Huxley was born in England, but spent the latter part of his life in the United States. He wrote several novels, perhaps the most popular being ‘Brave New World’, a story about a controlled future world where babies are created in laboratories and are designated to a certain class, unable to think outside of their pre-determined class consciousness. He also wrote ‘The Doors of Perception – Heaven and Hell’, which was an account of his experience with Mescaline and gives his insights into art and religion upon reflection. He was very interested in parapsychology and mysticism, and is well known for being an advocate for the use of psychedlics. After understanding this later statement about him, its no surprise that he wanted to trip out of this existence.
One guy I would die to have a conversation with…
“This hour long documentary explores the early beginnings of Krishnamurti as a child. From his early discovery by C.W. Leadbeater through adulthood every detail is covered peppered with interviews of friends, followers and family.”
Another one of Terence’s stimulating talks on the UFO phenomenon. No BS here. Feel free to take the time to listen to the whole talk, I’m just posting the bit that I found most compelling.