Russian Project Offers Immortality To Billionaires

Interested in a second life as a robot? The goal is to achieve the ability to upload an individual’s mind into an artificial surrogate, and offer it as a service to the planet’s richest individuals in a decade or so. Via the Daily Mail:

A Russian entrepreneur who heads a hi-tech research project called ‘Avatar’ has contacted billionaires to offer them immortality. Dmitry Itskov claims he will personally oversee their immortality process, in exchange for an undisclosed fee. Itskov, a media entrepreneur, claims to have hired 30 scientists to reach this goal – and aims to transplant a human brain into a robot body within 10 years.

“You have the ability to finance the extension of your own life up to immortality. Our civilization has come very close to the creation of such technologies: it’s not a science fiction fantasy. It is in your power to make sure that this goal will be achieved in your lifetime,” says Itskov in a letter delivered to billionaires listed in Forbes magazine.

The initiative is opening its San Francisco office this summer, and will be launching a social media project connecting scientists around the world.

‘The next effort of science will be to create a new body for the human being,’ says Itskov, speaking at the Global Future 2045 conference. ‘It will have a perfect brain-machine interface to allow control and a human brain life support system so the brain can survive outside the body.’

16 Comments on "Russian Project Offers Immortality To Billionaires"

  1. SmokinTokinJokinBrit | Jul 23, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    remind everyone of religion? give us all your money now and we promise you eternal life when you die. seems legit to me 

  2. I want to call “BS” but the concept is very feasible and they’re opening an office this summer…

    Interesting to see what will come of it.

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  4. Anarchy Pony | Jul 23, 2012 at 11:45 am |

    Yay! Actual physicalization of class! There’s no way that could be a bad idea.

  5. Just posting something to see if my Avatar will work.

  6. So if this guy succeeds in keeping a brain alive and getting some sort of signal out of it that can be almost understood as a person, can that brain sue for false advertising?

  7. Jyu Viole Grace | Jul 24, 2012 at 7:24 am |

    The guys… an idiot

  8. Dough Planet | Jul 24, 2012 at 11:53 am |

    Gee, the extremely rich are such an overwhelming force for good as it is, I can’t even imagine how great it would be for all of us if they were immortal too!

    Oh, wait…

  9. Great stuff … or story for that matter … cuz the main problem is this … 
    The human body deteriorates by effects of living on earth itself.
    So even if you substitute the “body” with a machine, the brain tissue will still degenerate … 
    But i wish a lot of these billionaires will send this guy cash … the Russians sure know how to party … 
    Who would want to live forever anyways … rofl 

  10. I would sign a hundred or so year work contract with a company if they financed my immortality-bot.

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