Russia 2045: Project Immortality
May 24, 2012 Leave a Comment
Have you ever wished that you could live forever?
A group of scientists in Russia are working on making this wish a reality. The project is called Russia 2045, and the goal of the project is to recreate a whole new civilization of android avatars that have human personalities downloaded into them after the human body dies. The founder of the project, Dmitry Itskov, became interested in the prolongation of life and the idea of immortality through cybernetic technology.
Dmitry is not a scientist, his goal is to create a social movement that connects scientists, philosophers, visionaries and public figures to work on the project. They have already started working on androids, or human avatars that will soon replace us physically, but carry on our spiritual and intellectual legacy.
The project has 4 goals for 4 different periods of time. These are milestones listed as Avatar A-D. Starting with 2015-2020, the goal is to have a robotic copy of a human body remotely controlled via BCI (Brain Computer Interface). By 2025, the project aims to have an avatar in which the human brain is transplanted at the end of one’s life. By 2035, the project hopes to have an avatar with an artificial brain in which a human personality is transferred at the end of one’s life. The last stage, Avatar D, is set to occur between 2040-2045. By this time, the group hopes to have complete hologram-like avatars that have all the traits, features, and personalities of their human counterparts.
The organization has already managed to recruit over 5,000 members from different countries. They also have the support of the Russian Federation Ministry of Education and Science. The group was also able to convince American actor Steven Seagal to write a letter to the Russian Prime Minister inviting him to cooperate. The organization definitely has a strong following, but I still wonder how credible their predictions are for the future.
Scientists from Russia 2045 have created half of an android that looks like a robotic version of the project’s founder Dmitry Itskov. It has some basic face recognition functions, can move its arms, but still cant blink or walk. The creators say they are confident they can get it to walk in a year or two, but that remains to be foreseen. The scientists are very optimistic about this whole project, but I won’t believe it until I see it in action. Anyone can imagine something like this, but to make it a reality is a little bit harder.