Tech billionaire Sam Altman is making headlines after paying tens of thousands of dollars to tech startup Nectome. The tech startup is proposing to customers the opportunity to live forever. This alone is not by any means a unique idea; however how the company’s method to grant this gift is one we’ve not heard before
Born to die
Nectome is looking to digitise memories and replicate the human consciousness with a computer. The goal is to create a back up of the mind of the individual, or user as the company refers to them. The catch is that the brain needs to be fresh in order to complete the process. How fresh exactly? Well, they would need to kill you on the spot and start the process right then and there.
‘The user experience will be identical to physician assisted suicide’, co-founder of Nectome Robert McIntyre states. The customer would be hooked up to a machine which would inject them with an embalming fluid to preserve the brain which they say is ‘100% fatal’.
A question of ethics
Currently, physician assisted suicide is only legal in 5 states in America, California being one of them. The question of ethicality is raised when the fact that this company is, in essence, being paid £7,200 to perform the act of killing of their customers. However, Nectome argues that the experience of preserving the brain is well worth the price. ‘Our mission is to preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact: from that great chapter of your favorite book to the feeling of cold winter air, baking an apple pie, or having dinner with your friends and family’, the company claims on their site.
Would you pay the price for immortality?
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