Is Human Immortality Possible? Russian Scientists Say Yes, And Sooner Than You May Think

By Amir Khan on August 1, 2012 1:51 PM EDT

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The 2045 Initiative, outlined on 2045.com (Photo: 2045.com)

If you want to live forever, you may only need to make it until 2045. That is the year Russian scientists say human immortality will be possible by -- and they're doing everything they can to make it a reality.

Dmitry Itskov, a Russian mogul, recently unveiled his "2045 Initiative," aimed at making humans immortal in only 33 years. He's already compiled a team of leading Russian scientists who are working towards creating a fully functional holographic human avatar that houses an artificial brain containing a person's complete consciousness.

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"It's not a science fiction fantasy. It is in your power to make sure that this goal will be achieved in your lifetime," Itskov says on his website.

 All that's missing is the financing, and on the website, Itskov published an open letter asking members of the Forbes World's Billionaires List for help with his project.

"I urge you to take note of the vital importance of funding scientific development in the field of cybernetic immortality and the artificial body," Itskov. "Such research has the potential to free you, as well as the majority of all people on our planet, from disease, old age and even death."

And lest you think he was anything but serious, he has a proposition for any potential backers.

"For anyone interested, but skeptical, I am ready to prove the viability of the concept of cybernetic immortality by arranging an expert discussion with a team of the world's leading scientist working in this field," he writes in the letter. "I will also be willing to coordinate your personal immortality project entirely free of charge for the sake of speeding up the development of these technologies."

These new avatars will be even better than human bodies, Itskov promises, who is also asking for help from researchers, scientists and anyone else who is willing.

We invite all interested specialists: scientists, politicians, mass media personalities, philosophers, futurologists and businessmen to join the '2045' strategic social initiative," he writes. "We welcome all who share our vision of the future and are ready to make the next jump." 

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