There’s a saying that there are only two certainties in the world: death and taxes. Immortality is a popular concept in religion and pop culture, and pretty much only exists in confines of fiction. However, the idea of cheating death and actually resurrecting a person could be closer than one thinks. What if death was an option rather than a certainty? One company, Humai, seeks to use artificial intelligence to bring humans back to life.
“Humai is an AI company with a mission to invent the afterlife. We want to bring you back to life after you die,” the company claims. “We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures.”
While the process seems downright impossible, the company is willing to give it a shot. Josh Bocanegra, CEO and founder of Humai, said in an interview with Popular Science that it is easier said than done. “Our mission is fairly simple to understand but obviously difficult to execute. We’ll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we’re developing. After death we’ll freeze the brain using cryonics technology.”
Bocanegra said that it will take time for the technology to develop—giving a timeline of 30 years before it becomes feasible. “When the technology is fully developed we’ll implant the brain into an artificial body. The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves. As the brain ages we’ll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells. Cloning technology is going to help with this too.”
Bocanegra’s team is small at the moment, with only five members. One is dedicated to working on artificial intelligence, with another two researchers, one bionics/sensors expert, and an artificial intelligence and nanotechnology expert, alongside an ambassador who will educate the public about the mission of Humai.
When asked what the hardest part of what seems to be an impossible project would be, Bocanegra mentioned the implanting of a human brain into an artificial body. “The ultimate test will be when we perform the first surgical procedure to implant a human brain to an artificial body.” A daring project like this will also require lots of money, and so far Bocanegra is the only funder for his project. The project, which is high-risk and high-reward in nature, could attract significant funding, but only if investors are willing to put in money for the long term.
When asked why he is fighting the inevitable, Bocanegra stated that he wanted to make death optional. “I don’t think of it as fighting death. I think of it as making death optional. I personally can’t imagine why anyone would want to die but I respect their wishes.”