A tech company called Humai is planning on ‘reinventing the afterlife’ – by bringing people back as robots after they die.
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Using nanotechnology and bionics, the basic idea is to recreate a personality. Things like behaviour patterns, conversation, thought processing and even how the body functions, will be turned into data, and then coded into an ‘artificial body’. Which essentially means they turn you into a robot. It sounds part cool, and part scary, to be honest. There’s not a great deal of specific information available at the minute, but I probably wouldn’t fully understand it anyway. Turning a dead person’s brain into a robot seems bizarre.
CEO and founder of Humai, Josh Bocanegra, said:
The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves. After death we’ll freeze the brain using cryonics technology. When the technology is fully developed we’ll implant the brain into an artificial body. As the brain ages we’ll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells. We believe we can resurrect the first human within 30.
I don’t think of it as fighting death. I think of it as making death optional. I personally can’t imagine why anyone would want to die but I respect their wishes.
The director of Google and famous inventor, Ray Kurzweil believes in the project, and said in this video from a little while back that humans will be immortal by 2045.
It could be brilliant, it could be a nightmare. You’d never be able to get rid of some people. They could make great security guards, though.