Did you watch the Black Mirror episode Be Right Back?
The one where Domhnall Gleeson dies in a car accident, and his wife (Hayley Atwell) begins to communicate with an AI version of him? She purchases a full-on robotic copy of her dearly departed, there's an awkward sex scene, and you're left with a great deal of mistrust about using Siri.
If so, then you'll be readily familiar with the notion technology company Humai is proposing.
Their mission statement is a chilling one:
Human resurrection through artificial technology
"We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioural patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out."
"This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures."
Okay. Clones? Artificial bodies? Restoring real brains? They're making this up, surely? They've fallen asleep one-too-many times in front of the Sy-Fi channel?
Well CEO Josh Bocanegra is apparently serious, believing they'll achieve the first "human resurrection" within 30 years.
"The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves," he told Popular Science. "After death we’ll freeze the brain using cryonics technology. When the technology is fully developed we’ll implant the brain into an artificial body. As the brain ages we'll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells. We believe we can resurrect the first human within 30 years."
An elaborate stunt for some upcoming sci-fi show? A wealthy entrepreneur who read a biotechnology journal once? We'll find out in 30 years time...