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Digital immortality by 2045?

19 June 2013, 18:10

Nairobi - The achievements of hardcore science and science fiction have spurred futurists to firmly believe that in a few decades, humans will be able to transcend the need for a biological body.

At the Global Futures 2045 International Congress held in New York Friday and Saturday, scientists predicted that humans would achieve digital immortality by uploading their consciousness to computers by 2045.

Kurzweil, an inventor, futurist and now director of engineering at Google, predicted that by 2045, technology will have surpassed human brainpower to create a kind of superintelligence.

Computing power doubles approximately every two years, according to some scientists.

Several technologies are undergoing similar exponential advances, from genetic sequencing to 3D printing, and neural engineering is making significant strides toward modeling the brain and developing technologies to restore or replace some of its biological functions, Kurzweil added.

Meanwhile, the concept of "mindclones", digital versions of humans that can live forever, was introduced to the conference by Martine Rothblatt, a lawyer, author and entrepreneur, and CEO of biotech company United Therapeutics Corp.

She said the mind clones are created from a "mindfile," a sort of online repository of our personalities, and this mindfile would be run on "mindware," a kind of software for consciousness.

- Xinhua

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