Immortality By 2035: Why Does Dmitry Itskov Think Humans Will Soon Live Forever?

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 17, 2013 11:29 AM EDT

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Russian tycoon Dmitry Itskov says human immortality by 2035 could be a reality. Above, Itskov discusses his plan at the Global Future 2045 conference. (Photo: Facebook: 2045 Initiative)

Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov outlined his plan for human immortality by 2035, at the Global Future 2045 conference in New York City on Saturday.

Itskov, 32, announced a timeline for humans controlling and becoming one with robots, starting just a few years from now. According to Itskov's plan, a project which is part of his 2045 Initiative:

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-By 2020, we will be able to remotely control robots using our brains.

-By 2025, we will be able to transplant our brains onto a life-support system, such as a robot body.

-By 2035, we will be able to implant our minds into a computer itself, no longer requiring the life-support system.

-By 2045, artificial brains will be able to control hologram bodies.

Essentially, Itskov is saying that, within the next 50 years, humans will gain the ability to live forever. And he says that these concepts are not nearly as crazy as they sound.

"I hear that often," Itskov told the New York Times, who asked him whether he was insane. "There are quotes from people like Arthur C. Clarke and Gandhi saying that when people come up with new ideas they're called 'nuts.' Then everybody starts believing in the idea and nobody can remember a time when it seemed strange."

For instance, one speaker at the Global Future 2045 conference, Martine A. Rothblatt, said that people used to think that the idea of organ transplant was crazy. Now, according to Rothblatt, there are 400 organ transplants every day.

George M. Church, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, was not as optimistic about Itskov's timeline of immortality by 2035, telling the New York Times, "I have a rule against saying something is impossible unless it violates laws of physics," Professor Church says, adding about Mr. Itskov: "I just think that there's a lot of dots that aren't connected in his plans. It's not a real road map."

On the 2045 Initiative site, the team explains why the technology behind immortality by 2035 is possible in such a short time:

"The development of technology in the modern world is happening exponentially. Everyone knows about Moore's Law, whereby the power of computers doubles every eighteen months. In addition, in the conference «Future Talks», held in October 2010 in Vienna, futurologist Ray Kurzweil, known for his accurate predictions of technological developments, suggested that by the mid-2040's all the organs of the human body could be replaced by artificial ones, whose characteristics will be superior to their biological counterparts by all measures."

As Itskov explained to The Verge, "My vision is to use the robot as a full-body prostheses for the human brain, to enable people to live longer."

"I want to be clear: My vision for humanity is not that I want everybody to be a kind of ascetic person. I also want to facilitate the creation of a new high-tech world. If you remember some of the best stories from sci-fi literature, that's what I'm expecting. I want to see these amazing technologies transform the infrastructure of civilization."

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