New startup aims to transfer people's consciousness into artificial bodies so they can live forever

stephen turpin

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Cylons are a fictional artificially-intelligent "species" envisioned in the Battlestar Galactica science fiction series and related franchises. Originally created to serve human needs like other machines, a series of events involving the transfer of a human's consciousness into a Cylon's neural network led Cylons to evolve into sentient, self-aware beings. The original Cylons were purely mechanical. Isn't this the Cylon wars started
 

captaincranky

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Cylons are a fictional artificially-intelligent "species" envisioned in the Battlestar Galactica science fiction series and related franchises. Originally created to serve human needs like other machines, a series of events involving the transfer of a human's consciousness into a Cylon's neural network led Cylons to evolve into sentient, self-aware beings. The original Cylons were purely mechanical. Isn't this the Cylon wars started
Well, you could buy, "Caprica", the now cancelled Sci-Fi channel "prequel" to "Battlestar Galactica", and fill in the missing pieces of the mythology from there.

The answer is "yes", they were entirely mechanical, but with the robot developer daughter's consciousness accidentally installed in one of the robots.

Here's the link to the digital downloads, which gives you the plot synopsis of all 19 episodes: http://www.amazon.com/Caprica-Season-1/dp/B0031UEO0I
 

Iceflow19

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Key term here: serial entrepreneur. He's a scam artist. Start a company, promise lofty achievements, investors flock to the company, he gets paid like a king for a few years, then ditches the company before it starts tanking. Dry, rinse, repeat. He's also a narcissist, take a look at his video on his personal website. He's also clueless in the area of biology and artificial intelligence, anyone with a basic degree in either can poke holes the size of craters in his new company's ideas. How do you clone indefinitely with the problem of telomere shortening, for example? Humai is not providing anything realistic, they have just thrown out a bunch of buzz words to scam money out of prospective investors.
 

captaincranky

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Key term here: serial entrepreneur. He's a scam artist. Start a company, promise lofty achievements, investors flock to the company, he gets paid like a king for a few years, then ditches the company before it starts tanking. Dry, rinse, repeat. He's also a narcissist, take a look at his video on his personal website. He's also clueless in the area of biology and artificial intelligence, anyone with a basic degree in either can poke holes the size of craters in his new company's ideas. How do you clone indefinitely with the problem of telomere shortening, for example? Humai is not providing anything realistic, they have just thrown out a bunch of buzz words to scam money out of prospective investors.
Those are horrible things to say, no matter how very true they are...!

Where's you sense of millenial political correctness?

Good effort though...(y) My tries at explaining this mutt's modus operandi, usually wind up with too many asterisks to be coherent...:D
 

Falcon365

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Also, worth mentioning: even in theory this is NOT immortality, from what I've read in this article. This transferred consciousness would be a copy, so you'd still feel pretty dead with your digital copy kicking around.
Not really. If done properly the copy won't know it is a copy. They are missing a large part of the picture here though and it has to do with a lot more then the coding of the brain, which leads me to agree with others here who believe it is a scam.
 

Falcon365

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Well...A head transplant is planned sometime in the next few years, I kid you not, a real head removed from a diseased body will be attached to a healthy body whose head, obviously, suffered a fatal injury. Attaching nerve fibers to electronics is possible and with the experienced gained from near future head transplants, at least for the living, attaching heads to robots will be possible.

The big problem with this start ups idea is freezing the brain and so far companies that do this run into many problems. One of the complications is getting a certified medical person who can declare the individual dead in time, particularly if the person is being cared for at home. Another big problem is the freezing process requires chemicals to prevent damage to the cell brains. These chemicals take time to be absorbed and not all cells end up absorbing them.

And finally the biggest problem: If you where Einstein there would be a huge public interest in reviving him, but for the average Joe or Jane that would not be the case. Also consider that such frozen individuals brought back to life will lack the modern skills sets of the era they are awoken in, so whose responsibility is it to educate them? Not only that but a person declared as dead, with a death certificate, may not have the same rights as the living...Something to think about...
The last two problems you mention wouldn't be problems; they would have people I place already to educate and resjilk. This is of course not taking into xk aider at ion that by the revival time we should also have the immediate learning programs to feed directly into the brain.
With he death certificate, this would be worked out in the legal systems before or during the freezing pricess
 

Dai Kornberg

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Two problems with human immortality: overpopulation and cost. Where will all the immortal people live as our species continues to reproduce? And will only the rich be given the opportunity to live forever?