Would You Transfer Your Consciousness into a Robot to Live Forever?

ImageForArticle_193(1)A company called Humai is seeking a way to transfer your capacity to think a non-biological equivalent. It’s the stuff of science fiction, but they’re really trying to do this, and I think it’s pretty cool.

This isn’t the first time a person or company has tried to retain their consciousness post-death, but all of them included freezing your brain and trying to reinvigorate it later. Humai is trying to both digitally capture the way you think and freeze your brain (just in case?). Here’s how they put it:

“We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out.”

I can only imagine how jarring this would be. Imagine if you signed up for this service, you have a heart attack, and you wake up (from your perspective) a few minutes later, but really it’s 30 years in the future when Humai has figured out the process.

Or maybe it wouldn’t feel like a few minutes–maybe we do retain some aspect of our consciousness when we’re dead. Imagine being in some sort of euphoric, heavenly state for 30 years, and then suddenly you’re ripped back to earth in a robotic body. That might be quite unpleasant.

Would you sign up for this? If you did sign up for it, what if you had the option to choose how long into the future you’d like to be reborn? Instead of choosing the 30-year option, how about 300 years? It would feel a bit like time travel–close your eyes one minute, open them in 2315 the next.

All of that said, I have my doubts that this is scientifically possible. Sure, you might be able to simulate brain power in a digital device, but to actually transfer consciousness? That seems highly unlikely.