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Company plans to bring people back from the dead

Would you like to live forever? I think it’s safe to say we’ve all considered the idea, but it may soon become a reality. A company called Humai is in the process of developing technology which would allow people to be restored after death using artificial intelligence. The individual’s brain would be frozen and information contained would be stored.

Now as you’d expect the specific details of how this works have been left unclear. Some are sceptical, claiming this because it is just a publicity stunt or simply not true. However, it may just be the case that Humai don’t want their ideas to be stolen. Immortality could be very profitable business. Humai do claim the technology could be available for public use within thirty years.

What we do know about how the technology works is as follows. It would involve freezing a person’s brain with a reality chip. The brain would then remain frozen until the techniques proposed were adequately developed. The brain could then be placed into a new body, allowing the person to be regenerated.

Preparation would need to be done before death though, to study conversational style and behaviour and sufficiently develop artificial intelligence. This is where the reality chip comes in, so the mannerisms of the individual are conserved.

Humai plan to use a combination of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioural patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data which will be coded into multiple sensor technologies and built into an artificial body.

“We’ll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we’re developing,” founder Josh Bocanegra stated. “After death we’ll freeze the brain using cryonics technology. When the technology is fully developed we’ll implant the brain into an artificial body. The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves. As the brain ages we’ll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells. Cloning technology is going to help with this too.”

At present it seems the company has a main team of five people working together to create technology in the fields of artificial intelligence, bionics and sensors and nanotechnology, so is the project really as promising as it seems? Either way it is clear there is still a lot of work to be done.

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