Human beings can back up their brains - Raymond Kurzweil - wiki comms

A man has claimed that people will be able to back up a human brain in the next 20 years.

If what he is saying is true, it means that every memory and experience you ever had will not be lost. With a bit of decent programming it might even be possible to have an IT copy of yourself live on the Internet forever.

According to the Daily Mail, Raymond Kurzweil, who has done a lot of work creating things like voice recognition technology, told guests at a 'future talk' event in Vienna, Austria, that the human brain backup was already technically possible.

He should know what he is talking about because when he was 15, Kurzweil created a programme that could recreate music in the style of the great composers, which earned him a visit to the White House and an interview with President Lyndon Johnson. Later he created a machine for his mate Stevie Wonder that could read written speech for the blind.

Kurzweil said that within the next 20 years we will have thousands of nanobot computer machines in our blood that will heal our bodies, improve our performance, and even be able to back up all the contents of our brains, just as you backup your files on a computer.

'That means they would back up every thought, every experience, everything that makes us an individual.'

He told the throng that while it all might sound far-fetched but in the early 1980s, people thought his predictions for the emergence of the world wide web by the middle of the 1990s was crazy too.

Kurzweil said that it happened and right on the schedule he predicted.  Just imagine!