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Company in new bid to resurrect frozen brains

November 29, 2015 | Comment icon 12 comments



Can a frozen human brain be brought back to life ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Glogger / Chris Aimone
Humai is aiming to make it possible to freeze someone's brain and resurrect them again within 30 years.
The idea of freezing someone's remains upon death in the hope that they can be brought back to life in the future is nothing new, but now Los-Angeles startup company Humai, which is aiming to freeze only the brain, believes that it will be able to resurrect someone within as little as 30 years by transferring their consciousness in to an artificial body so that they can effectively live forever.

"We'll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we're developing," said founder Josh Bocanegra. "After death we'll freeze the brain using cryonics technology. When the technology is fully developed we'll implant the brain into an artificial body."
Whether this can all be achieved within the space of three decades however remains to be seen.

"The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves," said Bocanegra. "As the brain ages we'll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells."



Source: Independent | Comments (12)


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Comment icon #3 Posted by Border Collie 7 years ago
Yes, Obviously they can freeze and thaw a brain. I have never heard a definition of consciousness that would permit it to be identified, let alone transferred. This one is pure fantasy.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hugh 7 years ago
It sounds like they'll trick people into thinking this works because they'll have years of tracking the person's activities to go by to use as a reference. A computer will simulate a voice, saying things that the person would have likely said, like; "Whoa, this feels really weird, but I'm here, still alive!" "Hey Aunt May, how are you?" (a relative they talked to a lot) "I'd like to eat a steak." (their favorite food) "How are the Falcons doing?" (their favorite team) They'll use some sort of Artificial Intelligence program to simulate the person's apparent reactions and thoughts, based on all... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Chibadiba 7 years ago
Looks like we'll have more Disney movies soon;)
Comment icon #6 Posted by Infernal Gnu 7 years ago
It sounds like they'll trick people into thinking this works because they'll have years of tracking the person's activities to go by to use as a reference. A computer will simulate a voice, saying things that the person would have likely said, like; "Whoa, this feels really weird, but I'm here, still alive!" "Hey Aunt May, how are you?" (a relative they talked to a lot) "I'd like to eat a steak." (their favorite food) "How are the Falcons doing?" (their favorite team) They'll use some sort of Artificial Intelligence program to simulate the person's apparent reactions and thoughts, based on all... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by AustinHinton 7 years ago
@Lilly: Exactly, as far as we know, the consciousness doesn't have an organ dedicated to its use, we're not even entirely sure what it is. Even if a brain survives being on ice for 3 decades, all your going to wind up with is a soggy mass of tissue. Maybe you will get some isolated memories (assuming memories are actually a part of the mind, and not just the actions of neurons) but there would be nothing equating a consciousness. It would be like trying to rebuild a computer from its memory card.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Misanthropic 7 years ago
Yeeeah, if you own stock in this company, don't hold on to it too tightly. i say, sell it and invest in a safe bet, like Enron.
Comment icon #9 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 7 years ago
Then i wanna be a six footer at 200 lbs
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
If I may, cryogenics used for potential human life-suspension has one problem: Currently, if I recall correctly (??) medical science, though not at direct odds with cryogenic theory, has stated that the optimum state of cryogenics is to employ it "while the human tissues are still alive" This makes perfect sense to me, but also creates a bad legal problem... In order for cryogenics to optimally have the possibilty to work, the facility must, effectually, freeze that person to death! In other words, medical science suggests that cryogenics will NOT work if done AFTER death, which is what they d... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
If the viewers here wonder "What is the difference, freezing before death and freezing after death?" The answer is cellular decay, be it in the brain or elsewhere. Decay starts to happen somewhat quickly once the blood supply (and other lifelines) is shut down. Significant cellular damage can present within as little as 3-minutes, sometimes 10, sometimes an hour or more. This cellular damage is MASSIVE. It's not a single cell... it's billions. A goal of current legal cryogenics is to present the human in the cryogenic environment as soon as possible after death. This gives the most hope. But c... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by equus hemionus 7 years ago
I have a suspicion that this has already happened to me. I get chills when I read about politics and science. Those are not chills of excitment.


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