In their panel at the Global Future 2045 conference, the trio discussed a future that sounds like a combination of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the recent mouse inception, and Krang, the brain-in-a-box villain of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The talk, which took place in a mixture of Russian and English, focused on making it possible in our lifetime to conduct brain transplants, harvesting human parts from the body for cybernetic integration, and making self-aware brains comfortable in their new robot homes. It was just another Saturday afternoon, in other words.
Notably absent from the conversation was what the quality of life would be for human brains harvested into robotic bodies.
Although all three researchers come from impeccable neurology backgrounds, the talk centered on mostly whether it would be possible to make the technology work.
Whether it would be wise, or what the experience would be like for both patients and loved ones, wasn’t discussed as much.
This brain-in-a-robot would be supported by biological blood substitutes (with “the necessary hormonal-biochemical and energetic substrate”) multi-channel brain-computer interfaces with two-way information exchange, neural prostheses, artificially re-grown human organs, and other biotech tools that we can’t even imagine.
Because there is no precedent for the human brain surviving and functioning outside of a human body, degrees of consciousness, intelligence, comprehension, and a million other existential quandaries that would or wouldn’t exist in a robo-brain simply aren’t evaluated.
The data points aren’t there for us to understand, even if it’s possible to transplant a human brain into a robot, what it’s like to be a human brain transplanted into a robot, even a sick twisted politically correct left-wing brain.
There are even interim holding facilities where living human brains could hypothetically be stored before transplantation.
This would work in tandem with Kaplan’s and Lebedev’s specialties.
The two Russian scientists research brain-computer interfaces (BCIs)—plug-in interfaces which meld the human brain and nervous system to computer operating systems.
While BCIs are most commonly found in toys that read brainwaves to detect stress or concentration, they have revolutionary potential to change the lives of stroke victims and the disabled.
When combined, brain prosthetics and brain-computer interfaces could lead to brain transplants decades from now.
Would you want to spend decades or even a century living inside a robotic body at the mercy of a software interface to navigate the world or listening to even more left-wing garbage from politically correct anti-fascist Cyborgs ?
We’re just beginning to grasp the ethical, philosophical, and scientific implications. But with the right amount of funding, research, and cooperation, it’s entirely possible.