One of the loftiest goals of the human condition is to try and achieve a form of immortality, whether it’s figuring out how immortality can exist in nature, or by positing versions of individuals reformed as machines or things less mechanical. Like Avatar, only without all the depletion of human resources and blue skin tones.
This past weekend, Russian multimillionaire Dimitry Itskov held the Global Future 2045 conference in New York City, where a host of some of the brainiest people on Earth gathered to listen to and consider a future of immortal minds and holographic bodies. Sounds like a weekend with Timothy Leary, actually.
Let’s take a look at some of the goals Itskov foresees for humanity. By 2020, he wants humans to be able to control robots with our brains. Five years after that, he wants a Futurama scenario where brains can be transplanted into a life-support system, which includes a robot body. (The headless body of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon are behind this theory 100%. Haroo!) By 2035, technology should allow our minds to be transferred into computers, rendering problematic items such as brains non-essential. 2045 is the year of the end goal, which will include artificial brains controlling holographic bodies. I know, I know. I’m not even that optimistic when I do something as simple as frying eggs. But if I have a hologram for a body, eating eggs would become a thing of the past, as would millions of humanity’s customs. (Is eating to survive a custom? Sure.)