A start-up company claims that it will one day allow people to digitally preserve their brains forever, however, the procedure would require the user to be dead.
Nectome, a start-up founded by two MIT graduates who studied artificial intelligence, said that they have developed a process that can perfectly preserve the human brain by using a high-tech embalming process. For the method to be successful, however, the brain would have to come from a freshly deceased person.
According to the company’s website, their new method would preserve the brain well enough to keep all its memories intact. That means that everything “from that great chapter of your favorite book to the feeling of cold winter air, baking an apple pie, or having dinner with your friends and family” will be safely preserved.
The company claims that science will one day develop technology capable of digitally recreating a human’s consciousness within the next 100 years and their new method would make sure that your mind is ready for that breakthrough. Nectome said that they would require the individual’s brain to be alive and active when the embalming starts, however, they stress that their service is “100% fatal”.
According to the company’s website, Nectome will one day be able to map out the brain with such accuracy that it can reconstruct a deceased person’s memories.
The company reportedly wants to focus on people suffering from terminal illnesses. Patients who are already sedated and connected to heart-lung machines would have the special embalming fluid pumped into them while they are still alive.
The chemical solution is reportedly able to keep a body preserved as a statue of glass for hundreds, and maybe even thousands of years. There are currently 25 people who are on the waiting list and who have paid a $10 thousand deposit for the service.
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