Although science has agreed that, for the moment, transferring human consciousness to a machine is impossible, a company from San Francisco says that it’s possible. Recently, Nectome has announced that a special technique allows the memories of a human being to be preserved indefinitely using cloud computing.
What Do Cloud Computing and Euthanasia Have in Common?
Robert McIntyre, the co-founder of San Francisco-based startup Nectome, declare that the only way to move forward is to die. More specifically, McIntyre said that for the company’s method of preserving human consciousness to work, the patient must agree to be euthanized.
Although the step is radical, the company’s co-founder said that their latest results with higher brain function preservation indicate that the process could work. However, there’s no guarantee that a patient consciousness can be stored in a cloud network.
Albeit a morbid approach to immortality, McIntyre and his company have moved forward to market their product. As a result, in early February, during a meeting with possible investors, the company’s co-founder demonstrated that the procedure to preserve brain functions worked on the cadaver of a recently deceased woman.
Nectome’s outlandish technique is based on connectome targeting – a vast neural network that contains our memories, experiences, traits, personality, and everything related to an individual. In theory, by applying this sophisticated embalming method to the connectome, the information can ‘simply’ be downloaded and then transferred to a cloud, where an individual can live indefinitely.
As strange as it would sound, the company has called out for volunteers, people who are willing to forfeit their lives for the good of humanity. Baffling enough, Nectome already has 20 volunteers willing to undergo the procedure.
Is cloud computing the answer to immortality? Possibly, but it’s still too early to tell.
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