Man Invents Immortality!

The dream of achieving biological immortality may have taken a big step forward. A 31-year-old Russian billionaire, Dmitry Itskov, claims that his research team will be able to transplant a human brain into an artificial body by 2020, And by 2045 he is sure that he will be able to create hologram avatars with the same capabilities as the humans in the James Cameron film.

In an open letter to the members of  Forbes World’s Billionaires List, Mr Itskov makes some bold predictions for his 2045 Initiative: “substance-independent minds will receive new bodies with capacities far exceeding those of ordinary humans. A new era for humanity will arrive!  …  humanity, for the first time in its history, will make a fully managed evolutionary transition and eventually become a new species.”

The letter suggests that his fellow billionaires might like to participate in the project — free of charge — to help it advance more rapidly. “You have the power to support and create a new industry of immortality to make revolutionary change that will forever reverberate through the pages of history.”

Mr Itskov has some high-profile supporters. Actor Steven Seagal has written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin calli upon him to support the project.

According to media reports, Mr Itskov is a media mogul and is described as a billionaire. However he does not appear to be listed on the Forbes list of Russian billionaires. Persuasive as his vision might be, it is advised that would-be immortals keep a tight hand on their wallets.

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Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia.

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