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Russian billionaire plans on becoming immortal

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Russian bilionnaire Dmitry Itskov wants to live forever. The 32-year-old media mogul thinks he can do this by building himself an android body by the year 2045.

There are a few flaws to Itskov’s idea, but that hasn’t stopped more than 20,000 people from publicly supporting the site outlining his plan of using android bodies for immortality, Motherboard wrote.

It doesn’t stop with android bodies, either. The 2045 folks are also calling for a new religion and set of ethics because they don’t believe any of the current ones can handle the societal implications of living forever—as most of the current ones have you dying first in order to achieve immortality.

Itskov has also gone ahead and registered his own political party in Russia called “Evolution 2045.”

Itskov is calling his artificial “advanced non-biological carrier” body an “avatar,” which is controlled by a “brain-computer interface.” It functions more or less like the fake bodies in the 2009 James Cameron movie of the same name.

But this isn’t just a hairbrained, movie-inspired scheme for Itskov. He’s really thought it through, and has an impressive cast of experts on board. He’s even met the Dalai Lama and gotten his blessing for Initiative 2045.

By 2020, Initiative 2045 aims to make this avatar technology widely available and mainstream—never mind that’s seven years from now and a working prototype doesn’t exist yet.

By 2025, Itskov expects an “autonomous life-support system for the human brain linked to a robot.” In other words, they’ll have the tech for implanting the human brain into the robot. By 2035, a human should be able to upload their brain into a robot, and by 2045 our bodies will be replaced with holograms. When this happens, Itskov says we will become “a new species.”

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