03/03/2014

Immortality, last evolutionary step

It may sound like science fiction, but the fact is that there is a project whose ultimate goal is to achieve something like the immortality of the human being. This project is called Initiative 2045, although it is also known as Avatar, and is powered by Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov. The biggest obstacle is the technology to make it happens, because no one has yet developed the ability to transfer the individual consciousness to robots and holograms, which is ultimately what Itskov and his team of scientists are looking for.

The Russian billionaire, only 32 years old —Image Unknown Author

To achieve this goal four phases are planned: 1) Avatar A, which will take place between 2015 and 2020, in which we can control a robot with the mind; 2) Avatar B, between 2020 and 2025, in which be able to transplant the brain of a person —at the end of his life— to a robot, 3) Avatar C, between 2030 and 2035, in which we will create an android with an artificial brain, to be provisioned awareness, memories and knowledge of a person before die; and 4) Avatar D, between 2035 and 2045, the last phase in which our mind may be transferred to a hologram, without the limitations of biology, to which we are now subjected.

Itskov, just 32, is convinced that the cybernetic immortality can be attained, and it is devoting his life. He boasts that this project is supported by the Dalai Lama and, as said in an interview for Muy Interesante magazine, its intention is ‘to build a society where people are able to live in abundance and for a long time, not only in our planet. Although we are already technically capable of sending settlers to the Moon and Mars, with our biological endowment will not survive there for long. Artificial bodies, however, would become futurnauts, early settlers, the conquerors of the Universe. So we no need to eat or drink, we survive extreme heat and cold and we would adapt to the high and low pressures’.

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Roy Batty could become reality as an Avatar C instead of a Nexus 6, and even been improved as an Avatar D —’Blade Runner’, Ridley Scott, 1982

The Avatar Project emphasizes that all is part of the evolution: it is the last step to reach the higher stage. It will be born a wiser, peaceful and fairer humanity. The idea, today, seems utopian. ‘Civilization has become unthinkable technologies into reality; it is not a fantasy’, insists Itskov. Will we be able to become beings of light? The answer is coming soon.

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Periodista especializado en temas de responsabilidad personal, liderazgo en valores y desarrollo organizacional. Entre otras publicaciones, colabora con El País Semanal y el suplemento económico Negocios del mismo periódico. Como escritor ha publicado los libros 'Encantado de conocerme' —Plataforma, 2008—, 'El Principito se pone la corbata' —Temas de Hoy, 2010— y 'El sinsentido común' —Temas de Hoy, 2011—. Es además creador del máster en desarrollo personal y liderazgo de la facultad de economía de la Universidad de Barcelona, que dirige desde 2009, socio fundador de la consultora Koerentia, especializada en potenciar la dimensión humana de las organizaciones, y director de La Akademia, un proyecto educativo sin ánimo de lucro orientado a promover el autoconocimiento entre los jóvenes. Desde 2006 viene impartiendo habitualmente cursos y conferencias, y actualmente es profesor en Porta22 —Barcelona Activa—, en la Fundació Àmbit y en diferentes másteres de coaching e inteligencia emocional.'We are going to a world in which there will be less excuses to avoid responsibilities'. Journalist specialized in personal responsibility, leadership in values and organizational development. Among other publications, collaborates with El País Semanal and Negocios, the economic supplement of the same newspaper. As a writer has published the book 'Encantado de conocerme' —Glad to know me, Plataforma, 2008—, 'El Principito se pone la corbata' —The little prince gets his tie, Temas de hoy, 2010— and 'El sinsentido común' —The common nonsense, Temas de hoy, 2011—. He is also creator of the master in personal development and leadership of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona, wich he directs since 2009, a founding partner of the consulting Koerentia, specialized in strengthening the human dimension of organizations, and director of The Akademia, an educational project nonprofit aimed at promoting self-awareness among young people. Since 2006 he has been giving regular courses and conferences, and is currently teaching at Porta22 —Barcelona Activa—, the Ambit Foundation and different masters of coaching and emotional intelligence." 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