Project Avatar – Humans Becoming Blade Runner
Posted: April 7, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Since the start of mankind, we have continually lost one battle – the battle with time. Throughout history, people have been trying to find the path to immortality, and we've been unsuccessful. Everything we've tried from Holy Grails, Alchemists, to "mad" scientists, have failed to bring results.
One Russian billionaire has decided to take a shot at it – Dmitry Itskov. He claims that by the year 2045, he will make all humans immortal. His 2045 Initiative is a Project, started in 2011, where he develops strategies and raises funds to combining the human mind with a robotic body.
The ultimate goal of the 2045 Initiative Project will take the human mind, with its memories, and transfer it into an artificial body. In the science world, this is known as Singularity. The 2045 project is planned to be developed into several stages called Avatar A , Avatar B, Avatar C and final Avatar D. By the year 2045, Itskov plans to release the human mind from its restraining bodily form and give it cybernetic immortality.
The first step of the project, Avatar A will start in the year 2015 and last until 2020. Within these 5 years Itskov plans to develop a human-based robot that will be controlled by BMI (brain-machine interface). Scientists say that this part of the billionaire's plan is highly possible as the BMI technology exists today.
Next is Avatar B, which will last until the year 2025. This part will include a transplantation of a real human brain into a robotic body. The brain will come from an old dying person in order to see if such fusion is possible.
Avatar C will be the trickiest part of the project. By the year 2035, they will transfer not only the brain, but also the consciousness and memory as well. This will mean creating a computer model of the brain and consciousness to join it with the artificial body. This part of the project will also contribute to the development of artificial intelligence and enable people to re-modify their brains.
By the time we reach the glorious year of 2045, Avatar D will allow human brains to safely transfer into robotic bodies. Other changes will follow this epic transition in the fields of energy, medicine, science and other.
So is Itskov's plan reality or just science fiction? Will people want to live forever? We won't know for another 30 years but one question comes to mind – will the final result turn our universe into Blade Runner?