NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Russian multimillionaire said he would like to see the technology to allow humans to outlive their bodies made into a reality – to the point where “people” with artificial computer-driven brains and hologram bodies would exist in a mere 32 years.
Dmitry Itskov was at Lincoln Center Saturday for his Global Future 2045 conference. Itskov, who looks younger than his 32 years, has an aggressive timetable in which he’d like to see milestones toward that goal met:
— By 2020 – a mere seven years away — robots we can control remotely with our brains.
— By 2025, a scenario familiar to watchers of sci-fi cartoon show “Futurama:” the capability to transplant the brain into a life-support system, which could be a robot body. Essentially, a robot prosthesis that can replace an ailing, perhaps dying body.
— By 2035, the ability to move the mind into a computer, eliminating the need for the robot bodies to carry around wet, messy brains.
— By 2045, technology nirvana in the form of artificial brains controlling insubstantial, hologram bodies.
Itskov has promoted his idea as the next step in human evolution, or “neo-humanity,” according to a Vice Magazine report. He has even formed his own political party in Russia, called “Evolution 2045.”
Testimony by neuroscience experts at the conference indicated that Itskov’s timetable was ambitious to the point of being unrealistic.
Still the gathering was a rare public airing of questions that will face us as technology progresses.
Is immortality desirable, and if so, what’s the best way to get there? Do we leave behind something essentially human if we leave our bodies behind? If you send your robot copy to work, do you get paid?