A new technology is able to preserve person’s brain so that it can preserve all the information stored in its structure and brain chemistry for centuries. In the future, that information could be recovered and downloaded on a computer. According to the developers of this technology, they developed a technology to archive the mind of a person for centuries.
The procedure would allow a human brain to be stored in liquid nitrogen without damaging neuronal connections for hundreds of years. The idea of the creators of this system, Robert McIntyre (graduate of MIT) and Michael McCanna, founders of the company Nectome, is that in the future, that the preserved brain could be converted into a computer simulation that, supposedly, would give life to the personality of a long-gone person.
Unlike another system, such as cryogenization, the new proposal does not intend to return the brain to life but to recover the information that supposedly would remain intact, in the same way in which we retrieve information from a computer that hasn’t been turned on for years.
The scientists have already conducted the first experiments on human brain
According to the MIT magazine, last month, McIntyre and McCanna legally obtained the body of a recently deceased old woman and began the process to preserve her brain two and a half hours after her death.
The time before the preservation caused irreversible damage to the brain but, despite that, the woman’s brain has become one of the best preserved in history, according to the two researchers.
This has been the first application of his technique in humans but researchers want to go further and test the system in a terminally ill person who opted for assisted suicide.
The system is, in fact, designed for people in terminal condition who are willing to follow this technique, hoping that the content of their brain can be recovered in the future and downloaded to a computer and then in a cloud, of course, when technological progress will allow such procedures.
Nectome has already obtained more than a million and a half USD from different sources for its technology, although it will not market it until it is scientifically proven.
In short, two engineers developed a technology to archive the mind of a person for centuries, by preserving a person’s brain in liquid nitrogen.