New startup claims they could make death optional within 30 years
What awaits us after death? Pretty soon, that thought might no longer be keeping you awake at night-- at least according to the Australian startup company Humai, which plans to "reinvent the afterlife" by making death obsolete in approximately thirty years.
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"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," says Humai CEO Josh Bocanegra in a statement on the company's website.
Bocanegra told Australian Popular Science that the company is currently in the process of developing various apps to accomplish this type of data collection.
"We'll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we're developing," explained Bocanegra, also stating that once a subject has passed on, Humai would "freeze the brain using cryonics technology," and then "when the technology is fully developed we'll implant the brain into an artificial body."
So is this all a matter of wishful thinking, or could Humai actually succeed in "making death optional"? If you think that plan sounds more like science fiction than innovation, you aren't alone.
Among skeptics is Michael Maven, a British-based business consultant who has developed software that helps retain customers based on previous purchases. He believes Bocanegra's idea is "damn near impossible."
"How will he connect [the brain] to a machine? You don't just simply plug it in via USB. Nanotechnology is not an answer, it's a buzzword," Maven told the Huffington Post via email. "The technology which could extract legible thoughts and ideas out of an organ made of living tissue is nowhere near anything we have yet."
Andrea Riposati, an artificial intelligence expert, is whistleblowing the company as nothing more than a moneymaking hoax.
"But this is an amazing business model for Humai. They can collect monthly/yearly payments from their customers promising something in the future," she said, though Bocanegra is reportedly funding Humai solely with his own money.
Elaborate hoax or not, Humai has received tons of media coverage, which in some cases can be enough to make a crazy idea become reality. A few years ago, an app called "Bang With Friends" (it is now known as "Down," but it's purpose remains exactly what it sounds like) was named by Forbes as their "Terrible App Idea of the Week," causing an impressive media storm that resulted in $1 million in seed funding raised.
But Bocanegra swears that this is not just wishful thinking.
"Humai is a legit project," he said. "Yes, it's super ambitious, but that's the reason why I'm excited to work on it. As an innovator, big ideas have always been my core motivation. Humai is obviously not monetary incentive - at least not anytime soon. This is a project I care deeply about and I only hope to contribute to making an impact on humanity."
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