Man has always had a weird fascination with the idea of living forever. Attaining immortality has been the focus of books and movies for centuries. But is the modern solution to this ancient dream the uploading of one’s mind onto the hard drive of a computer?
Upload your mind documentary
This is the gripping story of how one Russian internet millionaire is turning to cutting-edge science to try to unlock the secret of living forever.
Dmitry Itskov recently brought together some of the world’s leading neuroscientists, robot builders and consciousness researchers to try to devise a system that would allow him to escape his biological destiny. Entering Dmitry’s seemingly sci-fi world, program investigates the real science inspiring his bold plan to upload the human mind to a computer.
There are doubters – like the major neuroscientist who tells us ‘it’s too stupid, it simply cannot be done’. But as we also meet the Japanese maker of Erica, one of the world’s most human-like robots, who tells us the destiny of humans is to become robots to overcome the constraints of time, see how a quadriplegic Californian man is already controlling a robot arm with his thoughts, and explore the groundbreaking work of the scientist behind the world’s largest neuroscience project – the $6 billion US Brain Initiative – who tells us the effort to map all the activity of the brain could be a crucial step towards mind uploading, program asks is it really so crazy to think Dmitry Itskov could succeed in his goal of bringing about immortality for all of us within 30 years?
Of course, there is much debate around what consciousness even is – so it does seem a little premature then to be uploading something onto hardware that you don’t even fully understand. But be that as it may, the idea is an intriguing one.