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April 26 2013

Russian billionaire wants to create cyborgs


In science fiction, one of the most popular concepts is the cyborg a creature that's part human and part machine. Now, a Russian billionaire is determined to take this sci-fi trope and make it a reality.

The man is named Dmitry Itskov, and no, this isn't an April Fools' joke. Itskov is totally serious about wanting to make humans immortal by merging them with machines, and he's been pushing the project forward since 2011 when he founded the 2045 Initiative, ostensibly the deadline for "substance-independent" minds to receive artificial bodies what some scientists refer to as the Singularity.

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