“The main science mega-project of the 2045 Initiative aims to create technologies enabling the transfer of a individual’s personality to a more advanced non-biological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality.” – 2045 Initiative
The question, however, remains: How are these scientific discoveries and technological developments helping ensure that future methods of mind uploading and avatar designs are successful?
3D Bioprinted Thyroid: Russian-based 3D Bioprinting Solutions has developed a functional thyroid gland for the purpose of combating disease, all while providing solutions to the ever-growing problem of organ donations. With this comes the eventual replacement of all of our biological organs for artificial ones – whether they be 3D printed or otherwise.
Boot-Like Exoskeleton: The development of exoskeleton suits have been growing in both research and capital these last couple of years. As they become cheaper, these suits also deplete in size. With this latest example of a boot-like exosuit, people will be able to increase the efficiency of their walking without having to carry around a large robotic harness in the process. Exoskeleton suits are our first real attempts to get people used to the idea of relying on robotic “bodies” to help us maneuver, as opposed to our biological body.
Mind-Controlled Prosthetic: Engineering functional prosthetic limbs for those who need them most has been a challenge for several years, but lately we’ve been witnessing an increase in efficiency with a subsequent decrease in cost. In terms of efficiency, this latest project has allowed people to control a robotic hand using an EEG-based BMI (brain-machine interface). For the Avatar project, the goal is to upload the mind into an artificial avatar body. With developments in the controlling of artificial body parts using the mind alone, this goal of the 2045 Initiative is closer than ever.
Silicon Nanoneedles: Nanotechnology has always been a popular subject to talk about, from sci-fi literature to literal science. This latest research promises the ability to use silicon nanoneedles to be injected into the bloodstream and create “super bandages” that help blood vessels to grow and, eventually, reprogram them for other medical emergencies. This is one step closer to the nanobots we’ve been promised that’ll soon be swimming inside of our bodies, ensuring that we stay healthy for as long as possible.
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