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Not sure if I would pay even $0.01 to do this, but the it very enticing. Enjoy and share your thoughts and comments...

Silicon Valley billionaire, 32, pays $10,000 to be KILLED so the contents of his brain can be digitally uploaded and preserved forever

  • Tech billionaire Sam Altman paid $10,000 to be put on Nectome's waiting list
  • The 32-year-old founder wants to upload his brain to the internet and live forever
  • Nectome's process is '100 percent fatal' and similar to physician-assisted suicide
  • The process is only legal in five states

 

Altman, the President of Y Combinator, has signed up to have his brain embalmed so it can be put into a computer simulator. He is seen arriving at a hotel in Dresden, Germany in 2016

 

A Silicone Valley tech-billionaire is paying $10,000 to be killed so his brain can be preserved forever.

Entrepreneur Sam Altman is one of 25 people on a waiting list at Nectome, a startup company that says they can upload the contents of a person's brain and store it on a computer.

But in exchange for eternally preserving his mind, the 32-year-old will have to die in a process similar to physician-assisted suicide - which is only legal in five US states.

Somewhat ironically, the company Altman founded - Y Combinator - funds startups like Nectome.  

The process he's signed up for involves embalming the brain so it can later be simulated onto a computer, according to the MIT Technology Review.

The customer, alive, is hooked up to a machine and then injected with Nectome's embalming chemicals. 

The company said the method is '100 percent fatal.' 

'The user experience will be identical to physician assisted suicide,' Nectome's co-founder Robert McIntyre told the Review. 

On the company's website, it says the mission is to 'preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact: from that great chapter of your favorite book to the feeling of cold winter air, baking an apple pie, or having dinner with your friends and family.

'We believe that within the current century it will be feasible to digitize this information and use it to recreate your consciousness.' 

 

Nectome said it plans to connect people with a terminal illness who sign up to a heart and lung machine and pump the embalming mixture into their cateroid arteries in their necks while they are alive but under general anesthesia. Pictured is an embalmed brain
 

Nectome said it plans to connect people with a terminal illness who sign up to a heart and lung machine and pump the embalming mixture into their cateroid arteries in their necks while they are alive but under general anesthesia. Pictured is an embalmed brain

The business pitch, similarly, said: 'What if we told you we could back up your mind?' 

Embalming fluid can keep a body frozen and intact, without the threat of it starting to decompose, for hundreds or potentially thousands of years. 

But in order for the procedure to work, the brain has to be fresh, according to the Review. 

Nectome said it plans to connect people with a terminal illness who sign up to a heart and lung machine and pump the embalming mixture into their cateroid arteries in their necks while they are alive but under general anesthesia.  

The practice does qualify as physician-assisted suicide, which is currently only legal in five out of the 50 states.  

And even in those states, an individual must have a terminal illness and have been told they will only live for six months or less.

The company has consulted lawyers familiar with the law, and said that if people have a terminal illness they believe this service will be legal to them. 

 

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5 hours ago, 0bin said:

I hope they have ransomware protections... :tehe:

Im sure if their clients are BILLIONaire's mostly ; they dont have to..! :D :rolleyes:

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The problem is not about preserving the brain but actually preserving whats inside it, i.e. the software inside it. The brain is designed in such a way that whenever it stops working physically its contents get uploaded to a cloud like storage. So, there is no meaning saving the physical brain. 

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2 hours ago, Jogs said:

The problem is not about preserving the brain but actually preserving whats inside it, i.e. the software inside it. The brain is designed in such a way that whenever it stops working physically its contents get uploaded to a cloud like storage. So, there is no meaning saving the physical brain. 

 

Gregory M. Fahy and colleagues from 21st Century Medicine have proven to be able to preserve the detailed brain ultrastructrure, including the connectome (web of synapses that connect neurons). Since currently there is no technology to "digitize" the brain (alive or dead) and to upload it to a computer to recreate the consciousness in the digital space, they are banking on future technology to do that, especially in "retrieving" memories from the dead tissues.

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