A newly developed technology in Silicon Valley promises to upload and preserve every memory an individual has had throughout their lifetime – all for the very reasonable price of $10,000 and your life.
Scientists working at Netcome claim they’ve developed a technique that allows wealthy individuals to upload all of their memories to a computer and preserve them forever. The only issue is that it’s pretty expensive and scientists have described the procedure as ““100 percent fatal.”
Netcome’s official 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.”
It works by injecting a person with deadly chemical solution that preserves the brain for what could be thousands of years and allows scientists to then examine it and preserve all of its conscious contents for others to study. Neuroscientist Ken Hayworth describes it best. “If the brain is dead, it’s like your computer is off, but that doesn’t mean the information isn’t there,” he said.
As MIT Technology Review says, however, the process only works if the brain is “fresh.” Which means the person has to basically get “euthanized” in order to properly upload all information. Netcome has already received a hefty federal grant to continue its research and won an $80,000 science prize for replicating the procedure on a pig. According to MIT Technology Review, the process went “so well that every synapse inside it could be seen with an electron microscope.”
25 people have already paid their $10,000 to preserve their brains and, unsurprisingly, some of them are Silicon Valley billionaires.
This sounds like something directly out of a sci-fi movie. And although Netcome claims they’re not advocating for suicide, it almost definitely sounds like they are. It’s not exactly known how painful the process of dying via this method is either. So unless you’ve got $10 grand and are willing to find out the hard way, it looks like being killed by a bunch of mad scientists will just have to be left to the big dogs.
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