“The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation.”

Backup your mind


Sun, Mar 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The MIT Technology Review brings to attention Nectome, a company that plans on backing up your brain and turn it into a computer simulation that is like you but... is not really you.

This story has a grisly twist, though. For Nectome’s procedure to work, it’s essential that the brain be fresh. The company says its plan is to connect people with terminal illnesses to a heart-lung machine in order to pump its mix of scientific embalming chemicals into the big carotid arteries in their necks while they are still alive (though under general anesthesia).

The company has consulted with lawyers familiar with California’s two-year-old End of Life Option Act, which permits doctor-assisted suicide for terminal patients, and believes its service will be legal. The product is “100 percent fatal,” says McIntyre. “That is why we are uniquely situated among the Y Combinator companies.”



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