Abillionaire Russian businessman is making it his life’s goal to stay alive forever by uploading his brain into a computer.
Dmitry Itskov, who made his fortune in internet media, is the founder of the 2045 Intiative, an organisation working with a network of scientists to develop ‘cybernetic immortality’ within the next few decades.
Itskov, 35, acknowledges that without such technology, it’s likely he could be dead by 2050. However, by perfecting the mapping of the human brain and transferring his conciousness into a computer, he could ‘live’ much longer – either in the computer, transplanted into a humanoid robot, or as a hologram.
Itskov started his foundation in 2011, and is the subject of an upcoming BBC Horizon documentary, The Immortalist. Speaking to the BBC, he said: “Within the next 30 years, I am going to make sure that we can all live forever. I’m 100% confident it will happen.”