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    Not sure if this belongs in biology or computer science or here, but does anyone know if it is a feasible idea for the future to be able to disconnect a brain from a body and reconnect it to a computer, to allow one to live forever in control of an operating system or something?


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    Its an interesting idea that many have thought of but if its possible or not is hard to say. To do such experiments on a large scale would require the unvoulantary removal of peoples brain?


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    ill volunteer when im 90 or so lol
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    I knew a serious scientist who believed this was the way forward for humanity. Have layer after layer of brain cells replaced by "equivalent" (i.e. identically operating) electronic hardware. The idea was to connect the electronic "neuron" in parallel to the natural one, let the two work together for a moment, then remove the natural cell, all without disturbing any processes in the brain. In his opinion eople would volunteer, if not pay, for the privilege of attaining such immortality.

    I don't know if it's feasible. But I'm almost sure (and glad) that I'll be long dead before it happens.
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    Essentially you would need to record the personality and the memories and copy them onto the computer. The person would not achieve immortality, since his/her brain would be destroyed. Instead a copy of that person's mind would continue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic
    Essentially you would need to record the personality and the memories and copy them onto the computer. The person would not achieve immortality, since his/her brain would be destroyed. Instead a copy of that person's mind would continue.
    So copying over the brain would be no different than just having a child and manipulate and influence that child to become who you want it to be? In other words copying a mind is no more immortality than getting a child?

    Seems here you cant become immortal yourself, only pass on your ideaology and thoughts.

    So even if this was possible immortality is still but a dream.
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    I was thinking more along the lines of isolating the brain and maintaining it's physical health and using it to power an operating system that only the brain controls
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    If you can preserve the organic brain, then you have the technology to preserve the body also. Sadly, brain cells age and die just like the rest of the body. There is no technology extant or theoretically feasible to preserve brain cells in working condition.

    If we learn to achieve this in the future, then why not rejuvenate the entire body? Then we can all run around in our renewed, once more youthful bodies, and enjoy this form of immortality.
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    I would assume that any kind of cellular preservation would be tedious and expensive, and more realistic on the brain alone than on the entire body
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    It is probable that there are genes whose expression leads to ageing. Medical researchers have already discovered a way of selectively switching off genes. If we learn to switch off the ageing genes, then, in theory, the entire body will respond, and not just the brain.

    The method is to use sRNAi's. That is : single strand, interference RNA molecules . These can be designed to specifically switch off selected genes.
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    I think the thing that is most controversial here is probably finding out if a computer will be able to carry on the emotions and soul of that person or if they will seist to progress and no longer be a human or animal for that matter? As i think for it to still work the fake brain would need some sort of mechanism that functioned for changes or perhaps even evolution?
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