Have you ever thought what happens to the brain when we die? Have you ever wondered about killing yourself for this reason or paying a startup to euthanize you so that maybe one day, it releases a digital copy of your mind and brain? Now that seems impossible, but for tech kingmakers like Sam Altman, this is a virtual reality and he’s just signed up for it!
In a shocking case of chasing immortality, the 32 year old has gone one step ahead. Sam, the president of Y Combinator and co-chairman of OpenAI, has paid a startup company to chemically freeze his brain contents to be examined after his death!
Isn’t it interesting to know who this young billionaire is, who is willing to freeze his brain? Sam Altman is an accomplished entrepreneur, successful computer programmer, and a tech blogger as well. This American’s net worth runs high in millions, and he did all this at a very young age.
Altman attained his first computer at an early age of 8 – a gift that changed his life forever. He later gained an education in computer science at the prestigious Stanford University, which he left at 19, to start his own mobile app startup.
In 2005, Altman co-founded as well as became a CEO of Loopt, known as a location-depended social networking type mobile application. In the subsequent year 2014, he was nominated as a president of Y Combinator, whose net worth exceeded $65 billion – because it comprised of famous firms such as Dropbox, Airbnb, Zenefits and Stripe.
But now the tech genius has paid to get himself killed, in exchange for eternally preserving his mind. Nectome will do this solely after the 32-year-old will die in the physician-assisted suicide (legal in only five US states).
Ironically, the company Altman founded – Y Combinator – actually funds startups like Nectome! In the company’s website, it says the mission is to ‘preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact’.
For just $10,000, Nectome will embalm your brain, keeping it from decaying for centuries — maybe even a millennia — until its contents can be uploaded. They chemically freeze the brain in order to preserve the neurons and synapses. They then upload the contents of the brain and store it on a computer.
During the process, the client is hooked up to a machine and is injected with Nectome’s embalming chemicals. The company insists the method is ‘100 percent fatal’.
“Our mission is to preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact: from that great chapter of your favorite book to the feeling of cold winter air, baking an apple pie, or having dinner with your friends and family,” writes Nectome on its site.
The conditions for signing up for this idea is that the individuals must have a terminal illness, as well as a prognosis of six months or less to live. This idea is actually gaining a lot of rhythm and interest among techies and scientists, who believe that in the next 50 years, our brain contents can get transferred in cloud.
Here’s what Sam Alter has to say about building a future:
It will be interesting to note what the contents of his brain will reveal to us, but we salute him for his courage. Tell us what you think about this new ‘brain’ concept?