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By 2045, humans will achieve digital immortality by uploading their minds to computers — or at least that's what some futurists believe. This notion formed the basis for the Global Future 2045 International Congress, a futuristic conference held here June 15-16. The conference, which is the brainchild of Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov, fell somewhere between hardcore science and science fiction. It featured a diverse cast of speakers, from scientific luminaries like Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis and Marvin Minsky, to Swamis and other spiritual leaders.
Immortality may not be a reality yet, but rapidly evolving technology is making it more realistic, Google's engineering director told the Global Future 2045 World Congress. "The life expectancy was 20 1,000 years ago. ... We doubled it in 200 years. This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15 we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress," said Ray Kurzweil. "Somewhere between 10 and 20 years, there is going to be tremendous transformation of health and medicine."
The self-styled 'Avatar Project', championed by Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov, prophesizes that by the year 2045 scientists will have the ability to transfer human consciousness and personality to non-biological carriers, thus facilitating a kind of immortality. As a mark of its progress, Avatar contributed the main attraction for the June 2013 '2045 Global Future Congress': 'The Dmitry Avatar-A head', an exact robotic replica of its sponsor's head, promoting it as the "world's most human-like android head." The organizers of the Congress, heralded it as a breakthrough that will usher in an era of global peace and prosperity, in which civilization will be technologized to an unprecedented level.
As we age, our bodies slowly degenerate and decay. Yet a Russian multimillionaire started a project aiming to halt that process--at least when it comes to our brains. Dmitry Itskov founded the 2045 Initiative two years ago and recently organized the Global Future 2045 congress with some of the world's best known scientists and visionaries in New York. The goal? To make our minds immortal.
Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov wants to make our minds immortal, and announced his new project at the Global Future 2045 conference in New York this weekend. According to the 2045 initiative, we are already in the first phase, called "Avatar A" where robots will be controlled remotely by using our minds. Prototypical examples of this already exist, and the plan expects a human to mentally "occupy" an android and experience some sensation by 2020. "The avatar is a transition for human beings," Itskov said. "A transition which will allow us to stop aging ... get rid of diseases ... and finally to be almost immortal."
Can the City That Never Sleeps become the City That Never Dies? A Russian multimillionaire thinks so. Dmitry Itskov gathered some of humanity's best brains — and a few robots — in New York City on Saturday to discuss how humans can get their minds to outlive their bodies.
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