This is a very interesting discussion on whole brain emulation. Consciousness cloning.
Will whole brain emulation be possible in our lifetime? Ray Kurzweil gives a great lecture on this topic here. He thinks it is possible within our lifetimes.The recent episode of Black Mirror delves into this issue.
What are babies? The new born baby is nothing more than an artificial intelligence core surrounded by biological tissue. So once a self aware AI is finally rcreated.(Within 5 years if we listen to Elon Musk) That A.I. will be able to make blank copies of itself. Copies without a collection of the vast knowledge of the universe that it will already have acquired. Memories can then be populated on to that basic artificial intelligence infrastructure to bring a person back to life.
A biomedical company is set to begin experiments using stem cells to revive brain dead patients in a manner that troubles theologians, who question whether this attempt to preempt the Messianic resurrection of the dead should be permitted. One prominent rabbi takes it even further, pointing out the clear and obvious flaw that destines the project to failure.
Bioquark, a biomedical startup based in Philadelphia, recently announced that they will begin experiments later this year on patients who have been declared clinically brain dead. The trial will involve a multi-pronged approach, involving injecting stem cells and peptides into the spinal cords, electrical nerve stimulation, and laser therapy. The researchers hope this will grow new neurons and spur them to connect to each other, bringing the brain back to life.
If they succeed, they will be violating a sacred Biblical tenet
In the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence and virtual reality could allow us to interact with lost friends and relatives. The reanimation of a person based on their mind file information
Humans have always looked for tangible ways to remember departed loved ones. We save letters and emails they wrote us. We look fondly at photos of them. We watch and rewatch old videos just to see their faces and hear them talk.