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Company Wants to Bring People Back from the Dead Using Artificial Intelligence

Longevity is a topic of great interest to scientists and businessmen alike, many of them being focused on finding ways to prolong human lifespan by a few dozen years. 

But Los Angeles-based company Humai wants to take the idea to the next level – they’re trying to use artificial intelligence (AI) to bring people back from the dead and keep them alive forever! Many experts, however, smell a rat.

The concept of resurrecting people using AI seems taken from a sci-fi movie, but ‘Humai’ founder Josh Bocanegra has assured the media that he is quite serious about the business of resurrection. 

He even believes that it could become a reality within the next three decades. And his company’s mission statement is as straightforward as it gets: “We want to bring you back to life after you die.”

According to the Humai website, AI and nanotechnology can be used to “store data of conversational styles, behavioural patterns, thought processes and information about how a person’s body functions from the inside-out.” 

This data can be coded into multiple sensor technologies built into an artificial body that is powered by the brain of a real, deceased human. And as the brain ‘matures’, the company will restore it using cloning nanotechnology so it can always be brought back to life. Technically, a person could live forever this way.

Until the technology is fully developed, Humai plans to freeze its clients’ brains using cryonics technology. “We’ll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we’re developing. After death, we’ll freeze the brain. When the technology is fully developed we’ll implant the brain into an artificial body,” Bocanegra explained, adding that the artificial body will be controlled by the person’s thoughts and brain waves, just the way prosthetics are controlled today. He believes that an artificial body can ‘contribute to the human experience’, making death easier to accept.

Although it sounds similar, Humai’s technology is not the same as technological singularity, which is the idea of uploading the mind into a computer and replacing body parts with machines while a person is still alive. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, predicted that singularity would become reality around the year 2045. Science fiction writer Vernor Vinge believes it could be possible by 2030.

But not all experts are as enthusiastic about longevity. According to professor Sir Colin Blakemore, neurobiologist and former chief executive of the British Medical Research Council, human life will always have an expiry date despite advances made by technology or genetics. And British consultant Michael Maven says Humai sounds too good to be true – with only five employees and no venture capital, he questions how they’ll be able to achieve what scientists have been trying to for years.

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