Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Excuse Me, I Have To Download

A leading British futurologist says that by mid-century, the technology may be available where someone could actually "download" himself or herself to a computer, allowing virtual immortality. Ian Pearson, head of British Telecom's futurology unit, used the release of the PlayStation 3 as an example of things to come.

The new PS3 is one percent as powerful as the human brain. "It is into supercomputer status compared to 10 years ago. PlayStation 5 will probably be as powerful as the human brain," Pearson told the paper.

"Consciousness is just another sense, effectively, and that's what we're trying to design in computer."

The technology for brain downloads would likely be available to the rich at first, then becoming available to average consumers towards the end of this century. By 2075 or 2080, Pearson says, such a practice may become commonplace.

*I'm calculating how long I can survive.. Most probably, I won't have the chance to experience it :/ Maybe by 2020, there's some med that can make us longevity?

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