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Immortality_3_3"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...' Woody Allen said, "I want to achieve it through not dying."

People have gone to great lengths in their search for immortality. Some individuals have had their bodies frozen in the hopes that science will someday have the technology to unfreeze them and fix what ails them. They may be waiting for a very long, long time. In the mean time, others are expressing interest in “virtual immortality”. Maybe you can’t live forever, but there’s no reason why your virtual counterpart can’t.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a half-million-dollar grant to the universities of Central Florida at Orlando and Illinois at Chicago to explore how researchers might use artificial intelligence, archiving, and computer imaging to create digital life-like versions of real people. This is considered a first step toward creating virtual immortality.

"The goal is to combine artificial intelligence with the latest advanced graphics and video game-type technology to enable us to create historical archives of people beyond what can be achieved using traditional technologies such as text, audio, and video footage," says Jason Leigh of the University of Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory.

The researchers plan on taking the appearance, mannerisms, voice, and even the knowledge of a real person and synthesizing the data into a "virtual person" or avatar. The goal is to create an avatar that will be able to respond to questions and convincingly represent its human counterpart.

A much simpler form of this technology currently exists in online environments like the popular game Second Life, says Leigh. The researchers say that one side-effect of their work, will be to enhance the experience of online worlds, allowing players to archive their characters' experiences in a virtual environment, which would fill virtual worlds with more realistic, interesting and lifelike characters.

Yes, we’ll probably all be physically dead before we get a chance to dispense advice to our great, great grandchildren. Oddly, that may not prevent them from asking our virtual selves to help them make a tough decision.

In a more present-day flesh and blood mode, famed inventor and computer scientist, 57-something Ray Kurzweil is fanatical  about his health because if it fails him he might not live long enough to see humanity achieve immortality, a seminal development he predicts in his new book, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, is no more than 20 years away.

Kurzweil writes of millions of blood cell-sized robots, which he calls "nanobots," that will keep us forever young by swarming through the body, repairing bones, muscles, arteries and brain cells. Improvements to our genetic coding will be downloaded from the Internet. 

Posted by Rebecca Sato.

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the only that leaves behind is virtual viruses

I think their is something.algo mas q las computadoras alomejor con el mismo cerebro puede controlaralos nanobots.todo dpenderia de q se programaran los nanobots dependiendo a el cuerpo q seleban a poner y talbes asi sera como una sola persona se podra sanar asi misma y no mbejeser sinolodesea.a talbes son stupideses mias

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well...hmm..i don't what to say....but i think that y'all need to get a damn life!!! love y'all, bye now!

There's always the old-fashioned way to live forever:

There's always the old-fashioned way to live forever:

There's always the old-fashioned way to live forever:

There's always the old-fashioned way to live forever:

There's always the old-fashioned way to live forever:

Yeah but this virtual clone is still not you. It would be little more than an interactive biography or something about yourself.

Regarding the prevous poster if it is even possible to bring somebody fully back to life (and not like a brain-dead zombie) I can't help but think they would be pissed off at you, unless they were in hell.

3his sounds like the new t.v. show Caprica on the Sci-Fi channel coming late 2009 or 2010 which is out on dvd now. I watched it and it's story about this article and it's consequences. Which is the beginning of the end of humanity as seen in the new version of Battlestar Galactica. Fascinating stuff.

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I very hardly ever study different blogs on web since most of them are time losing technique. However , I have to say that this post is totally opposite way round.

Say that they do manage to merge the human mind with robots or virtual reality or whatever. What's to say the machinery and mechanisms won't eventually wear out over time? How about the inevitable wear and tear?

How many people have had their Smartphones die? Their microwaves? Their cars? Their laptops? Their tablets?

And we pretend to control things like nuclear power and nanotechnology and can hardly control it when it malfunctions or an accident happens.

Control is an illusion.

Come on now people. Science is a useful tool, but nothing in the universe lasts forever and the universe itself won't either. Nature and the universe run in cycles. We, the animals and plants, and everything we make do too.

Utopia will not exist.

There's always the old-fashioned way to live forever:

Human will keep trying for immortality. There are negligible chances of getting it but if in case it is achieved, just imagine what will happen with the environment...

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