Company Claims That Brain Transplants Could Bring Back the Dead by 2045

Ray Kurzweil popularized the notion of The Singularity – the threshold when computing power would match or exceed the human brain and human biological systems – in his 2006 book The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.  In that book, and subsequent articles, he theorized that 2045 would be the far end of when we could expect full integration of human and machine that would create immortality.

So far there have been indications that we are indeed proceeding in this direction. Beyond the gadgets we all use to augment our intelligence, each day seems to offer a new medical development that reads more like science fiction than reality. Just the other day there was an article in The Seattle Times that a new type of flexible brain implant could enable the paralyzed to walk again. We have robotic prostheses, humanoid robots, artificial human skin, and a range of nanotechnology applications used in medicine and the military that are quickly redefining life and nature itself. In fact, it’s been proclaimed by scientists that the era of cyborgs has begun.

Here are just a few of the articles that have sounded outlandish to those unfamiliar with the advancements being made which put into context what some factions of science are reaching for … by 2045.

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  1. I read the article and saw the video.

    What I think is often completely missing in these things is the understanding that life is multidimensional. Without that perception one’s view is very limited, as I found apparent from the person in the TEDx-talk video.

    But how far would inhumane technology be allowed to go on the planet before a divine force deems we strayed off too far from anything good? I think it might be a lot further than I used to think and, so we might see some “interesting” things in the future. However I think our ‘MAD science’ will stay earthbound.

    I think technological advancement can be a great thing btw, but it depends on its use, which depends on the motives.

  2. The article summarizes some of the concerns about this technology very well. Talking about 2045 is a long way away and I can’t but wonder that this is all too hypothetical. However, I know that the reality today is that the improvement of technology is continuously hailed by humanity. While people continue to support the newest gadgets and all the small improvements in life that they provide, we may get less and less in tune with actually living human lives, where death is part of life, as is being born and growing old.

  3. And if they actually get this working, I wonder who will be the “beneficiaries” of such technology? The rich and powerful of course. This is really scary stuff.

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