No matter how much of a reality death is, humans will always attempt to outwit it – either by delaying it or ‘getting rid of it’. Such is the ambitious goal of a new firm named Humai which aims at transferring human consciousness into an artificial body so that the person can live on even after his physical death.
Humai may not yet have the technology – noone does, anyway – to concretise its project, but it has enough hope to make do. Its CEO, Josh Bocanegra, is confident that they will be able to bring back to life their first subject through artificial intelligence within 30 years.
The methodology Humai will be using entails AI and nanotechnology. Sounds a bit like Captain America’s Dr Zola who was uploaded into a computer and thus lived on for years after his death, right?! It is somewhat similar to the sci-fi style. Humai intends to cryogenically freeze the brain of the dead person and transfer it to an artificial body.
Information pertaining to behaviour, thought processes, conversation, and body functions will be saved and “coded into multiple sensor technologies”. The brain together with this information will be integrated into a robot body, as explained on their website.
In the meantime, they can only hope that the technology they will be needing is developed. In a statement to Popular Science, Josh Bocanegra explains that the thoughts of person will control the functions of the artificial body by measuring brain waves.
Nanotechnology as well cloning techniques will be used to restore the brain, repairing and improving its cells, throughout its process of ageing.
No such feat has ever been realised by the world of science. Making the brain of a dead person monitor a robot body so that his consciousness exists beyond death is indeed a challenging task, if not impossible. Commenting on Humai’s concept of resurrection, a software consultant from the UK, Michael Maven, describes it as “damn near impossible”.
If we do live the following 30 years, we shall see how much of the project Humai has accomplished.