Black Mirror is real, people. It’s time to flush your phone down the toilet, deactivate your internet connection and go live in a cave.

What’s that you say? I’m overreacting?

Well, at startup accelerator Y Combinator’s “demo days” Nectome cofounder, Robert McIntyre will describe his process for perfectly preserving brains in microscopic detail with high tech embalming fluid.

So yeah. These Nectome guys claim they can perfectly preserve your brain, leaving all your memories intact and upload it to the cloud.

Here’s Nectome’s mission statement from their website

“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. If memories can truly be preserved by a sufficiently good brain banking technique, we believe that within the century it could become feasible to digitize your preserved brain and use that information to recreate your mind. How close are we to this possibility? Currently, we can preserve the connectomes of animal brains and are working on extending our techniques to human brains in a research context. This is an important first step towards the development of a verified memory preservation protocol, as the connectome plays a vital role in memory storage.
Sounds like the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror, right? Well, here’s the catch. In order for the procedure to work, the brains would need to be fresh.

The startup themselves say that the procedure is 100 percent fatal. In order to do this, you would have to die. Well, I guess you have to make sacrifices in order to achieve great things like transhumanism. In fact, I’m starting a petition to send Rachit from our office.

But seriously, there are some reasons you should pay attention to this.

Awards

According to their website, Nectome won the prestigious Brain Preservation Prize for perfectly preserving a whole rabbit brain. Wait, Brain Preservation Prize? That’s a thing?

OH MY GOD! It totally is.

There is a waiting list

Nectome’s service is not yet available for sale and may not be for several more years. Also, there still isn’t evidence that memories can be found in dead tissue. But the company has found a way to test the market. Following the example of electric-vehicle maker Tesla, it is sizing up demand by inviting prospective customers to join a waiting list for a fully-refundable deposit of $10,000.

So far, 25 people are on this list.

Federal grant

Nectome won a large federal grant and is collaborating with Edward Boyden, a top neuroscientist at MIT, and its technique just claimed an $80,000 science prize for preserving a pig’s brain so well that every synapse inside it could be observed with an electron microscope.

Some scientists say brain storage and reanimation is impossible. McGill University neuroscientist Michael Hendricks decried the false hope peddled by transhumanists promising resurrection in ways that technology can probably never deliver.

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Akhil was raised by movies, television, and the internet. A never-ending source of absolutely useless information. He would tell you more, but he was distracted by something shiny

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