A new company has an interesting and creepy way to cheat death forever
A new company has an interesting, and creepy way to cheat death. Sort of.
The company Humai has a curious take on extending life – and maybe the definition of life, for that matter. The company’s strategy would be to cryogenically store the brain of a recently deceased customer, then keep it frozen until an artificial body can be provided for the brain. Using bionics and AI software, the brain would then take control of the artificial body.
Of course, this is all relying on technology that hasn’t even been invented yet, and may never be invented. That isn’t deterring Humai though. In fact, the company thinks it will be in full operation by 2045 or so.
“We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out,” Humai stated on its website. “This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human.”
Humai currently consists of five employees – one working on AI and nanotechnology, one on bionics, two on research, and one “ambassador” who is educating people on the company and its goals.
“We’ll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we’re developing,” Josh Bocanegra, the CEO and founder of Humai said. “After death we’ll freeze the brain using cryonics technology. When the technology is fully developed we’ll implant the brain into an artificial body. The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves. As the brain ages we’ll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells. Cloning technology is going to help with this too.”
It’s not clear how the cloning would fit in, as the focus seems to be on an AI body, at least at first. So basically, it’s a full body transplant. Ever see RoboCop? Remember the murderous brain in a tank, ED 209?
Assuming Humai could pull this off, it raises several ethical and philosophical questions. To begin with, would a person be able to adapt to an artificial body? Not in practical terms of moving and operating it, but in a more abstract sense. Would the user be able to fully accept a new, unnatural body as their own? Would they be able to connect with it? Would they go insane?
And that is all ignoring the question of a soul – which is a much bigger conversation for another time.
If this technology does work though, and assuming people can acclimate and even enjoy a robotic shell, it may create a new, bizarre form of immortality – or at least extremely elongated life. At least it will for the ultra rich. Bocanegra did mention cloning, so maybe one day we will be able to clone ourselves and just regenerate into a new body.
Humai probably can’t even guess what a process like this would cost yet, but it won’t be cheap. For those that can afford it, swapping bodies may be the wave of the future.