Russian mogul promises immortality by 2045
The 2045 Avatar Project milestones, courtesy 2045.com
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:41PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 1, 2012 1:23PM EDT
In a mere 33 years, it will be possible to live forever. All that’s needed is the technology to create holographic human avatars that could house immortal artificial brains.
At least that’s the vision of a 31-year-old Russian media mogul named Dmitry Itskov, who’s calling on the world’s billionaires to chip in the research dollars to make the vision a reality.
While the idea seems impossible to achieve -- and it may very well be – Itskov is quite serious about the plan and has even laid out a timetable for achieving it.
First, his team wants to create a robotic copy of our bodies that's controlled remotely through a brain interface. Itskov hopes that can get done as early as three years from now. According to his projections, it really shouldn’t take longer than 2020.
Next, they want to create an avatar in which to transplant a human brain after its owner comes to the end of his or her life. The next step would do away with the human part and simply create an avatar with an artificial brain. And finally, the avatars would become holograms by 2045.
With the plan fully mapped out, Itskov wrote a letter this week to several billionaires found on Forbes’ Billionaires List.
In it, he wrote: "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.”
He goes on to say that science 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.”
He says for anyone who’s interested but skeptical, he is ready to arrange a meeting with a team of the world's leading scientists working in the field.
To prospective investors, he promises: “I will also be willing to coordinate your personal immortality project entirely free of charge for the sake of speeding up the development of these technologies.”
Itskov’s team promises that the new avatars that will be created will be even better than the human forms we currently occupy, in both functionality and form and urges other visionaries to join the project.
“We invite all interested specialists: scientists, politicians, mass media personalities, philosophers, futurologists and businessmen to join the ‘2045’ strategic social initiative,” he writes. “We welcome all who share our vision of the future and are ready to make the next jump.”