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Russian Firm Offers Immortality To Billionaires

Submitted by on July 26, 2012 – 9:51 AM9 Comments | 2,443 views

From Russia. An entrepreneur who runs the hi-tech research project known as “Avatar” has his goals set on selling immortality to those who can afford the high-ticket price. According to the the article from the DailyMail, Dmitry Itskov said in a recent interview that his research company has hired 30 scientists to help with the immortality project. And what is this “Avatar” project all about?

The goal of the “Avatar” project is to fully transplant a living human’s brain into a robotic body.

He has contacted a list of billionaires with a proposal for funding his quest for immortality – which Itskov refers to as ‘cybernetic immortality’ and the ‘artificial body’.

The initiative is opening its San Francisco office this summer, and will be launching a social media project connecting scientists around the world.

‘The 2045 team is working towards creating an international research center where leading scientists will be engaged in research and development in the fields of anthropomorphic robotics, living systems modeling and brain and consciousness modeling with the goal of transferring one’s individual consciousness to an artificial carrier and achieving cybernetic immortality,’ says Itskov’s official site.

‘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.’

‘For anyone interested, but skeptical, I am ready to prove the viability of the concept of cybernetic immortality by arranging an expert discussion with a team of the world’s leading scientist working in this field.
‘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,’ –source: DailyMail

Itskov’s goal is to gather investors and world interest in his ambitious but potentially ethically challenging project. According to Itskov’s plan, by the year 2030, we should be able to transplant a fully conscious human mind/spirit into one of these hi-tech avatars. It’s as if the technology will be developed to make it possible to download (or upload) your being into a bionic skeleton.

Hmmm….. reminds me of something chilling….can’t remember what it was– oh yea, creepy cyborgs.

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  • Scott_McMan

    This is creepy. No matter how good it may be, it’s never going to simulate being a complete person. Imagine your kids who don’t want to do it getting old and dying? Imagine wanting a mate and knowing a real person isn’t going to want to hang out with a machine. What about sex?

    So many issues as this is not meant to be. I also read last week that within 20 years researcher will be able to reverse the ageing process. Hmm, if you could do that, what good is an Avatar body?

  • Stewartg1701

    If your brain is transplanted into a AB (artificial body) would you still be able to feel pain and pleasure? Artificial sensors witch calculate hot and cold and change the way the data is sent. so are brain would recive the data as a feeling?

  • The Oshmar

    No disease, a more powerful body, never having to work out, the list is really, really long.

  • The Oshmar

    I guess if they include all the sensors then yeah. Early models maybe not but later models would be a definite yes.

  • Valkyrie13

    Freaky.  Anyone ever read the Skinned trilogy?  It’s about cyborgs, and is so much better than Twilight.

  • RJ

    I take it Dr. Sheldon Cooper wasn’t available for comment for this article?

  • ophu

    There’s something pathetic about someone who already has too much wanting even more. It feels like a race against despair.

  • Brooklynguy

    Suddenly I’m thinking about cybermen from Doctor Who…

  • I think the money would be better spent in looking for biomedical ways to extend healthy human lifespan.  We are much more likely to achieve positive results by supporting research into genetics, proteomics, etc. than by trying to upload our minds (literally or figuratively) into machines.  If you are interested in learning more about this topic, I would Google SENS, strategies for engineered negligible senescence, calorie restriction, CR mimetic, intermittent fasting, IGF-1, M-tor, AMP-K, protein uncoupling, etc.