From AI to eternity: Startup promises to scan brains of people consenting to euthanasia, for possible immortality
|March 15, 2018||Posted by News under Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Intelligent Design, Religion|
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From Antonio Regolado at Technology Review:
Nectome will preserve your brain, but you have to be euthanized first.
Its chemical solution can keep a body intact for hundreds of years, maybe thousands, as a statue of frozen glass. The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation. That way, someone a lot like you, though not exactly you, will smell the flowers again in a data server somewhere.
This story has a grisly twist, though. For Nectome’s procedure to work, it’s essential that the brain be fresh. The company says its plan is to connect people with terminal illnesses to a heart-lung machine in order to pump its mix of scientific embalming chemicals into the big carotid arteries in their necks while they are still alive (though under general anesthesia).
The company has consulted with lawyers familiar with California’s two-year-old End of Life Option Act, which permits doctor-assisted suicide for terminal patients, and believes its service will be legal. The product is “100 percent fatal,” says McIntyre. “That is why we are uniquely situated among the Y Combinator companies.”More.
Perhaps the heirs can get a tax deduction due to savings on government late-life health care expenses. In a naturalist environment, that is the way of the future.
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