An entrepreneur in Russia is claiming that he will be able to provide immortality to those willing to pay the price to live forever.
Dmitry Itskov, a media entrepreneur, has stated that he hired 30 scientists in order to facilitate his dream, which is to transplant a human brain into a robot body within 10 years.
The process called "cybernetic immortality" takes the brain of a person and connects it with an artificial housing element, keeping the brain functioning and, in essence, keeping the person alive.
He has contacted a list of billionaire's seeking funding in his quest for immortality. The project is known as "Avatar," which Itskov believes one day will produce a fully functioning mechanical body to support a person. He is opening a San Francisco office this summer and will be launching a social media project in order to connect scientists around the world.
"You have the ability to finance the extension of your own life up to immortality. Our civilization has come very close to the creation of such technologies: it's not a science fiction fantasy. It is in your power to make sure that this goal will be achieved in your lifetime," Itskov told billionaires in a letter seeking funding.
Project Avatar seems to be a reference to James Cameron's movie of the same name which is set in the future where human minds use mind control to inhabit the bodies of human alien hybrids through a cybernetic-type apparatus.
"The 2045 team is working towards creating an international research center where leading scientists will be engaged in research and development in the fields of anthropomorphic robotics, living systems modeling and brain and consciousness modeling with the goal of transferring one's individual consciousness to an artificial carrier and achieving cybernetic immortality," Itskov stated.
Adding: "Such research has the potential to free you, as well as the majority of all people on our planet, from disease, old age and even death."