Scientists have already developed video game controllers that give players the ability to control on-screen movement with their brain waves, paralyzed patients can control a robot’s movements with just their thoughts via brain implants, and a test subject was recently able to effectively direct the movements of a robot located nearly 1800 miles away.
So what you watched in the sci-fi movie Avatar is not very far from reality.
A team of Russian scientists led by Dmitry Itskov has founded the “2045 Initiative.” The collective’s goal is to create a new vision of human development that meets the global challenges we face today by realizing the possibility of extreme human life extension through cybernetic technology.
In short, and more simply put, they want to make humans immortal.
In the 2045 Initiative, Itskov proposes the idea that humans can achieve immortality by 2045 through a series of advancing technological innovations.
- Year 2020: Humans will be able to remotely control robotic avatars through brain-computer interaction.
- Year 2025: Humans will be able to continue living after their physical bodies have given out by transplanting their brains into robotic avatars; this ‘autonomous life-support system’ will enable humans to continue to have an active life.
- Year 2035: The human brain and consciousness will be recreated via computer model and transferred to an avatar to enable humans to keep living after ‘death.’
- Year 2045: Immortality arrives in the form of a holographic avatar; the human brain and consciousnesses has been fully transferred to the artificial form.
Learn more about the 2045 Initiative below:
Will Itskov’s plan enable humans to continue to exist as a species, even if we faced extreme climate change or relocated to another planet? How far-fetched is Itskov’s plan, and do the benefits from achieving immortality outweigh the potential consequences?
Hopefully, the scientists heading the 2045 initiative will be able to address these issues in time. Do you think that mankind will ever be truly immortal?