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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Fritjof Capra es físico, teórico de sistemas y director fundador del Center for Ecoliteracy, sito desde 1995 en Berkeley, California, que promueve la ecología y el pensamiento sistémico en la educación primaria y secundaria.

Americano nacido en Austria en 1939, obtuvo su doctorado en física teórica en la Universidad de Viena en 1966. Realizó investigaciones en física de partículas y teoría de sistemas durante 20 años en la Universidad de París, la Universidad de California, Stanford, el Linear Accelerator Center, el Imperial College of London y el Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Mientras estuvo en Berkeley fue miembro del grupo Fundamental Fysiks, fundado en 1975 por Elizabeth Rauscher y George Weissmann, que se reunía semanalmente para discutir sobre filosofía y física cuántica.

Durante los últimos años, Fritjof Capra ha estado investigando el trabajo de Leonardo Da Vinci —Imagen Cirone Musi

Capra aboga por que la cultura occidental abandone el pensamiento lineal convencional y las visiones mecanicistas de Descartes. Critica la visión cartesiana reduccionista de que las cosas se pueden estudiar por partes para comprender el todo, y fomenta un enfoque holístico.

Ha escrito varios libros sobre las implicaciones de la ciencia, el más popular El Tao de la física, subtitulado con precisión 'Una exploración de los paralelismos entre la física moderna y el misticismo oriental'. El autor considera que, en el intento de comprender el misterio de la vida, el ser humano ha seguido diferentes caminos, entre ellos el científico y el místico. Propone la tesis de que los conceptos de la física moderna conducen a una visión del mundo muy similar a la de los místicos de todas las edades y tradiciones. El propósito del ensayo es explorar la relación entre tales conceptos, motivado por la creencia de que los temas básicos que utiliza para comparar la física con el misticismo serán confirmados —de hecho, están siendo confirmados— en lugar de invalidados por las investigaciones futuras.

El libro afirma que tanto la física como la metafísica conducen inexorablemente al mismo conocimiento

Para Capra los dos pilares de la física moderna son la teoría cuántica y la teoría de la relatividad, que son abordadas en la primera parte del ensayo. Las filosofías orientales a las que se refiere en la segunda parte son el Hinduismo, el Budismo y el Taoísmo.

Fritjof Capra is a physicist and systems theorist, founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy located since 1995 in Berkeley, California, which promotes ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education.

American born in Austria in 1939, Capra attended the University of Vienna, where he earned his PhD in theoretical physics in 1966. He conducted research in particle physics and systems theory for 20 years at the University of Paris, the University of California, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Imperial College of London and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. While at Berkeley, he was a member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, founded in 1975 by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann, which met weekly to discuss philosophy and quantum physics.

For the past few years, Fritjof Capra has been researching the work of Leonardo Da Vinci —Image Cirone Musi

He advocates that Western culture abandon conventional linear thought and the mechanistic views of Descartes. Critiquing the reductionistic Cartesian view that everything can be studied in parts to understand the whole, he encourages a holistic approach.

Capra has written popular books on the implications of science, notably The Tao of Physics, accurately subtitled 'An exploration of the parallels between modern physics and Eastern mysticism'. The author considers that in the attempt to understand the mystery of life, the human being has followed different paths, including the scientific and the mystical. He puts forward the thesis that the concepts of modern physics lead to a vision of the world very similar to that of mystics of all ages and traditions. The purpose of the essay is to explore the relationship between such concepts, motivated by the belief that the basic themes he uses to compare physics with mysticism will be confirmed —they are being confirmed, in fact— rather than invalidated by future research.

The book asserts that both physics and metaphysics lead inexorably to the same knowledge

For Capra the two pillars of modern physics are quantum theory and relativity theory, addressed in the first part of the essay. The Eastern philosophies that he refers to in the second part are Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism.

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