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Your brain could live forever in a computer program

Your brain could live forever in a computer program
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I don't know if it's a good or bad thing, but soon you'll be able to "live forever" through the latest type of social media. With this site, you will be able to store away your habits, emotions and personality so it can be accessed years later after you're gone.

Martine Rothblatt, founder of United Therapeutics, created this new type of online neural network that is able to "upload" and store your personality forever. This state-of-the-art site is called Lifenaut and it uses a variety of techniques to create a virtual representation of who you are.

Lifenaut uses a combination of personality tests and social media data to create an accurate digital avatar of you! Rothblatt and his team are working round the clock to be able to transfer human personalities to walking, talking robots. These personality profiles are being called "mindfiles" and are meant to preserve your unique digital reflections and opinions.

He even created a mindfile for his wife over 30 years ago and now has a robot that shares her personality. Her beliefs, memories and emotions were uploaded onto Lifenaut and now the robot he calls Bina48 can use this information to hold a conversation and react instinctively.

You can create your profile for free and set it up just how you wish to be remembered. There is even an option to set your profile to public or private depending on if you want your profile to be used by the Lifenaut service. By allowing the website to see your mindfile, you're letting them build onto your existing account.

This can help build a more complete profile that will hopefully be transferred to a robot one day, just like Rothblatt did with Bina48 (seen below).

 

"The long-term goal is to test whether given a comprehensive database, saturated with the most relevant aspects of an individual's personality, future intelligent software will be able to replicate an individual's consciousness," said an official Lifenaut statement.

Lifenaut is even working on developing profiles for historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare. Could you imagine having a conversation with a robot who thinks and acts just like Honest Abe?

Well Rothblatt thinks that "living forever" online will be a real option by the end of the century, so it might be a reality sooner than we think.

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