Today the term “digital immortality” sounds more and more often, but what is it? If you have watched the series “Black Mirror”, you may remember an episode in which a widow first created a digital copy of her husband who died in an accident, and later ordered an android – an exact copy of her husband, having downloaded into it already collected digital image. You have to admit, all this looks a little creepy. But is it possible to do something similar in the future? And even if we don’t take into account the version about creation of humanoid robots, it is possible to create an exact digital copy of a person today and it will hardly surprise anyone: social networks, banking and mobile operations, mobile applications – we voluntarily provide information about ourselves, friends, relatives, colleagues, their movements, taste preferences and purchases. Gather all this information together and voila – the digital image is ready. By the way, this is what the author of 4 bestsellers of the New York Times, theoretical physicist and science popularizer Mithio Kaku says, considering digital immortality possible and – most likely.
Searching for the Fountain of Youth
The theme of extending human life is a long-standing goal of many scientists and dreamers. Historically kings, queens and emperors have tried to find the source of youth, but they all failed. Instead of the Fountain of Youth, Juan Ponce de León founded the first European settlement in Puerto Rico – Florida. And the Chinese Emperor Qin 2000 years ago sought the elixir of immortality throughout the country. But he did not find, instead, apparently founded Japan, and then Korea.
Moreover, the Epos of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest surviving literary works in the world, tells the story of the mission of the demigod Gilgamesh, which was to find the secret of immortality. Thus, throughout its history, mankind has unsuccessfully searched for the source of eternal youth. But has anything changed with the advent of the digital age?
Dr. Mithio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at City College of New York (CUNY), where he has been teaching for over 25 years, believes that humanity will reach digital immortality. And that means that all our lives can be digitized. In the video for Big Think Kaku says that one day, when you go to the library, you will not need a book about Winston Churchill, for example, because you will be able to communicate with his hologram, which contains all the manners, speech and perhaps even memories of Winston Churchill himself. A theoretical physicist suggests that just the same, one day your descendants may go to the library and talk to you. Of course, as long as you want to be digitized.