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article imageStart-up company wants to bring you back to life after you die

By Karen Graham     Nov 26, 2015 in Science
For many people, cheating death is either an abomination or perhaps, an inevitable consequence of our ever-expanding use of technology. One start-up company has announced its plans to cheat death and reinvent the afterlife.
It seems that almost every week, we hear of new advances in artificial intelligence and nanotechnology, amazing and wondrous applications and gadgets, all designed to make life better for the human race.
From an artificial plastic skin that generates an electric signal from a micro-input embedded in the skin that can directly activate brain cell neurons, to using nanotechnology to grow tomatoes, it could be said we are on the cusp of a brave new world.
Humai is an Australian start-up company based in Los Angeles, California. Humai seems to think that with the advancements in technology coming faster and faster, there will soon be a time in the near future when we will be able to use science to cheat death. It is working on a way to transfer a person's consciousness into the brain of a dead human in an artificial body.
Humai CEO Josh Bocanegra says on the company's website, “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."
Bocanegra further explains, "This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures.” And that is about all anyone can really find out about this company.
The Daily Mail says it's not really clear if this is a hoax or not, but the company claims its plans involve freezing a person's brain before inserting a "personality" chip. Bocanegra has assured critics he is quite serious about his company's plans, and human resurrection, as he calls it, should be possible in as little as 30 years.
Bringing a body back to life won't be easy, or cheap
It's not known how the brains would be harvested, or for that matter, how much it would cost to bring someone back from the dead. Mr Bocanegra told Australian PopSci: 'After death we'll freeze the brain using cryonics technology.
When you think of it, we already seeing advances in brain-controlled robotic limbs and advanced biomedical implants, so it isn't much of a jump to try to resurrect a human body. But the challenges of keeping a human brain viable after death will take some doing. Then wiring the brain to control a silicone machine, or artificial body, so that it reflects the basic part that is you, your personality, is going to be tricky, to say the least.
It will be interesting to hear what readers think about Humai's plans to reinvent the afterlife. Do you really want your thoughts and personality to live on in a machine?
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