Nectome is a startup that wants to digitize the contents of your brain

Greg S

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Interfacing technology with humans has been going on for decades. Inspiration from science-fiction movies has helped researchers turn ridiculous inventions into reality. Startup company Nectome is now accepting deposits to fully preserve your brain so that future generations can rebuild your consciousness.

At first glance, the very concept seems impossible, but neuroscientist Edward Boyden of MIT believes otherwise. An $80,000 prize was awarded for demonstrating the preservation of a pig's brain such that all synapses were able to be viewed with an electron microscope. Whether the technique can be easily used on humans remains to be tested but there is evidence to suggest that success is feasible.

There is one major caveat in fully preserving the contents of a human brain. A person cannot be kept alive during the process. Local anesthetic must be given to someone who is approaching their end of life and then have embalming chemicals injected into neck arteries. The startup believes their process is fully legal in states and countries that allow doctor-assisted suicide.

Collecting data from brains and digitizing the contents is not yet perfected but that is not stopping the company from collecting deposits for the service. For a $10,000 refundable down payment, you can be put a waiting list. There is not yet evidence to suggest that memories are actually able to be recovered from tissues postmortem. The shear amount of information poses a challenge to collect and store.

Each nerve within the brain can have as many as 8,000 connections to other nerves. With current technology, mapping small sections is possible but is time-consuming and by nature is cost prohibitive. Nectome's hope is that future improvements to technology will allow for brain data to be fully recovered for analysis.

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HIC99

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Next thing you know, we have portal 2 beginning. Some gets turned in to a robot and goes on a genocidal rampage. Just saying.
 
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Uncle Al

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Can we point out people we want digitized immediately? I can think of a few in Government that would be excellent candidates!
 
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Billy Vinson

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It will not really be you. YOu will die and they will use the Souless YOU to convince more people to do it..... THis is scary TECH - stay far away!!!!!! They plan on obliterating humanity - the spirit of EVIL is behind it.... We are in a spiritual war - don't believe otherwise.
 

toooooot

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It will not really be you. YOu will die and they will use the Souless YOU to convince more people to do it..... THis is scary TECH - stay far away!!!!!! They plan on obliterating humanity - the spirit of EVIL is behind it.... We are in a spiritual war - don't believe otherwise.
You might be able to copy the brain and transfer it into digital format, but that wont be you. You might be able to make a clone of yourself, but it wont be your conscience. I am watching altered carbon, and it is a bit annoying that his tv show like many others follow this idea. This technology could be helpful in medical purposes, but this sci fi idea is something that is illogical. It belongs to movies, not something you can feed people who are desperate to live forever.