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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Brain download in 50 years

By the middle of the 21st century it will be possible to download your brain to a supercomputer, according to a leading thinker on the future.

Ian Pearson, head of British Telecom's futurology unit, says that the rapid advances in computing power would make cyber-immortality a reality within 50 years. Pearson said the launch last week of Sony's PlayStation 3, a machine 35 times more powerful than the model it replaced, was a sign of things to come.

"The new PlayStation is one percent as powerful as the human brain," says Pearson. "It is into supercomputer status compared to 10 years ago. PlayStation 5 will probably be as powerful as the human brain."

Pearson said that brain-downloading technology would initially be the preserve of the rich, but would become more available over subsequent decades. "If you're rich enough then by 2050 it's feasible. If you're poor you'll probably have to wait until 2075 or 2080 when it's routine," he said.

"We are very serious about it. That's how fast this technology is moving: 45 years is a hell of a long time in IT." Pearson also predicted that it would be possible to build a fully conscious computer with superhuman levels of intelligence as early as 2020.


  • Fascinating stuff... that would be great, electronic immortality. I'd love to bring your attention to the Methuselah Foundation - we're working on immortality of the different sort, combating aging. That way we could all live to when BT achieves its breakthrough. Check us out at - this way we'll all survive and get to live in the future once BT gets the chips working.

    By Blogger Michael Yamashita, at 5/29/2005 10:00 PM  

  • Yep, that's true. If this technology had come a little earlier, we could have known all the stuff planned by great minds like Saddam Hussein or even Hitler!

    By Blogger Chris Fernando, at 5/29/2005 10:14 PM  

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