A Russian billionaire is making headlines based on recent claims he will live forever in a hologram body.
Dmitry Itskov, 32, has said he plans to upload his brain and become immortal by 2045. Although the project – termed the ‘2045 initiative’ – may sound bizarre, over 20,000 people have already signed up on Facebook to follow the controversial project.
The media entrepreneur plans to use global conferences as a means to explore the technology needed for the initiative, which may be underway by as early as 2015 – though even Itskov himself says that date is a bit optimistic.
Nonetheless, the young billionaire claims the possibility of achieving an immortal holographic human by 2045 is absolutely possible.
“This project is leading down the road to immortality,” Itskov has previously stated. “A person with a perfect Avatar will be able to remain a part of society. People don’t want to die.”
Itskov has broken down the 35-year project into four “feasible” tracks which have their own deadline dates. Although he admits the task will be complicated, he also claims it could be the most thrilling problem in the history of human evolution.
In lieu of such lofty expectations, the Global Future Congress was established in order to help move the process along. The group, which held its first meeting last year in Moscow, is scheduled to meet again next month in New York City – at which time they’ve said they’ll unveil the most human-like robot seen to date.
The Global Future Congress is also expected to address the ethical and social issues of immortality.
“Modern civilization, with its space stations, nuclear submarines, iPhones and Segways cannot save mankind from the limitations in the physical abilities of our bodies, nor from diseases and death,” the 2045 Strategic Social Initiative says in its manifesto. “We believe that it is possible and necessary to eliminate aging and even death, and to overcome the fundamental limits of the physical and mental capabilities currently set by the restrictions of the physical body.”
According to Itskov, the new human being would be able to survive in a number of harsh environments, including high temperatures, pressures, radiation, and settings devoid of oxygen.
Approximately ten years from now, Itskov plans to surgically “transplant” a human consciousness into a robot body. Following that procedure, the entrepreneur hopes to “upload” minds without surgery – a process that would ultimately leave human bodies as empty objects while their owners “live on” inside the robots.