Eternal life could be within our grasp thanks to new digital technologies – as long as you’re happy to leave your physical body permanently and become a living app, claims one Russian billionaire
You could upload your brain to the metaverse and live for over 150 years, an expert has claimed.
Dmitry Itskov is a Russian billionaire and part of the ‘2045 initiative’, a non-profit organisation that aims to increase lifespan, as the Daily Star reports.
The project argues that artificial bodies will appear by 2045 which will allow people to move out of their old bodies and into new ones with the help of the Internet.
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Itskov, who made his fortune with a Moscow-based media company, said in the 2045 Initiative’s manifesto: “People will make independent decisions about the extension of their lives and the possibilities for personal development in a new body after the resources of the biological body have been exhausted.”
The concept, called mind-uploading, would see people make digital copies of their minds that could live freely in cyberspace, unrestricted by biology.
Companies like Elon Musk’s Neuralink are researching brain-computer interfaces which could form the basis of future whole-brain uploading.
Itskov is not the only one who thinks advanced metaverse technologies hold the key to long life.
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Self-described futurist Tom Cheesewright said that tech could one day let us “input our consciousness” into AI and VR robots, but that we’re still some way off from achieving this.
He said: “Ultimately I think it is possible.
“You’d have to download the software of your whole body and recreate that in a way the brain feels is plausible. Replicating that inside a machine is an enormously complex proposition we’re a very long way from achieving.”
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