I always like to tell friends we should leave a legacy, why should I live without making a difference? Even if for many it is like pride. To live without being seen is like dying without making a difference. Yet death is the greatest obstacle in life, as it is the only unsolved one.
Has it ever occurred to you how much you work and try to make life worth living and then have to die? That is why, as a neuroscientist in artificial intelligence, I am looking for a solution that is eternal, but in an intelligent way, without disastrous consequences. So what would be the best process?
Is Immortality Possible Yet?
The dream of immortality may be closer. Neuroscience examines the effectiveness of mind transfer through current studies of the physical basis of memory. Whether it concerns cryogenics, freezing the brain or transporting memories to the machine. It would be alchemy, the philosopher’s stone that provides healing and eternal life.
Without delay, I will explain how cryogenics works and what progress has been made in this area so far, as well as other methods of perpetuating memory. If what we are is what we know we are, if our memories are responsible for the reason of life, if through it we know what we’ve been through and imagine what we can go through, bringing the momentous process of our history to the point of disconnection and activation, the stored memories are precursors of the new memories, we have to focus on that.
Cryogenics is already used successfully in the preservation of human embryos and organs, but in the case of immortality, when we have already put up engrams of memories of our entire life in our neurons, the process should take place alive, which is not allowed in most countries, the other factor is knowing when the individual will die, since their memories will not be restored after death. Without oxygenation, neurological cells do not last more than five minutes. And the other problem is knowing the right time to reactivate the brain, how to thaw it without damaging its structure.
How Cryogenics Works
First, the blood is drained from the body and replaced with a cryoprotective fluid, a substance used to protect biological tissue from freezing damage, such as ice crystals that do irreparable damage to the body’s cells, then the corpse is exposed to temperatures below -150 ° C and place it in a tank of liquid nitrogen where it remains upside down, as a precaution for the brain to avoid damage if there is a leak protected at the bottom of the freezer.
Names like James Bedford, professor of psychology at the University of California, died of kidney cancer at age 73, Ted Williams, 84-year-old baseball star, Robert Ettinger, precursor to cryogenics, died at 93 and Hal Finney, Bitcoin pioneer programmer, dead at the age of 93, is waiting for the moment to be thawed in the future.
How a DNA copy is made
DNA copying is more complex for those who want to achieve immortality, memories are limited, you can have a touch of personality, but it has no mold. You will not have the full memories of your life and like I said, without memory there is no life.
For this reason I ignore the two options above, the chances in cryogenics that we will be disconnected on return, with neuronal dysfunction, is high. If trauma to the neuronal cell caused by Covid-19 is already having consequences, can you imagine the frostbite? I don’t want to hit the hammer for talking about science, will it work? But to me, the most plausible thing is to preserve memory and implant it in a robot.
Is it possible to store memory in a robot?
The idea is very interesting, to upload all your memory and, bingo! It’s back in the future. But it is not that simple. Your personality is the result of a whole form of memory, genetics, culture, sensory experiences, climate and other factors that make you who you are.
These are microscopic and quantum phenomena that we are reporting, for those reading Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle I would conclude that this would not be possible. The subjectivity that the mind reveals, emotional memories, is the biggest challenge in artificial intelligence.
Initially, the brain’s memory must be scanned and transferred to a computer program, without damaging the brain, otherwise there is a risk that it will fail and everything will be lost. The problem is that the machine is convinced that it is you and does not want or want what is yours, such as your girlfriend or boyfriend.
But what’s the point of bringing back our memories if you can’t feel the thrill of them? Living without emotion there is no motivation. Or we should make artificial neurotransmitters to trigger emotions in the new body or machine. But what is the emotion of those who have been healed of pain when they have not been in pain?
That is to say, every detail of life, every drop of rain that falls on your forehead, transcribes responses that have been stored, derived from the senses and if the senses are not the same, it is not the same, that is, it is not you .
First we have to define what the mind is. Personally, I think mind is a set of factors derived from neurons and all the biochemistry that honors its existence. This periodic emotional tithe defines personality based on the consciousness which in turn defines you. Do you know the sense that the good things in life are in the little things? Because it’s the little things that make us who we are and every biological process has to happen for a robot to be you, me and us in the future.
The problems of these processes for immortality are some: What would it be like to wake up in another body or object if our memories were also formed from our physical appearance? What would it be like to be rewired in a different world from the one we have memorized? And to know that the people we love no longer exist? And the adaptation to time, to time, if our memories are made from our time? What would it be like to be reborn in another time without being adjusted, what consequences would we suffer? And finally, what if we reactivate when there is no more humanity and are controlled by machines? And if everyone decides to immortalize, where would so many people fit?
It doesn’t hurt to use your imagination because in science it is good to think that anything is possible if there is a chance that it is. Based on imagination and knowledge, we continue to pursue investigations that reveal discoveries responsible for a longer and better life than before and, who knows, for eternity as long as we last.