An American start-up are offering something never seen before: transferring your brain to a computer. Amazing, right? Except that in order to do so, you need to give up your life!
So what if immortality was in fact possible, at least as far as our brains are concerned? The California-based company Netcome suggests that you give up your life, in order to save the contents of your brain to a machine. Nothing more, nothing less! The researchers claim that this method is based on cloud computing, as outlined in a publication in the MIT Technology Review, published on the 13th March 2018.
Robert McIntyre, the founder of Netcome and graduate of MIT, claims to have developed, with his team of researchers, a chemical process which allows for a human brain to be stored in liquid nitrogen. This conservation method does not damage the synapses connecting the neurons. Furthermore, the brain can stay intact for hundreds of years!
However, there is no proof of possible conservation of an individual’s memories and personality. Working in the field of cryonics, the start-up Netcome hopes that technological innovations that will be developed in the future will allow people in future eras to literally download people’s minds to a computer simulation installed in the cloud.
Basically, what Netcome are proposing is to make you immortal in a computer program. On the other hand, in order to be allowed to attempt this -assuming that we will one day actually be able to transfer a mind to a computer -you would have to go through a rather unpleasant step. In fact, the Netcome researchers have explained that the procedure, aiming to conserve the brain in liquid nitrogen and preserve the synapses, needs to be done while the person is still alive!
Yes, you heard us: they ultimately need the volunteers to give up their own lives. In the United States, it is possible for patients with end stage terminal illness to legally commit suicide. Also, over twenty people have agreed to pay the 10,000 dollar down payment (for an unknown total amount) required by the start-up in order to put their names on a waiting list.