Many companies, including Google, are working on ways to extend our lives by tens if not hundreds of years, but Humai wants to turn this idea on its head.
Rather than making us live longer, the Los Angeles firm wants to bring people back from the dead using artificial intelligence.
Details about the technology are scarce, and it’s not entirely clear whether it is a hoax or not, but the plans would involve freezing a person’s brain before fitting it with a ‘personality’ chip.
MailOnline has contacted the company for more information.
Founder Josh Bocanegra has assured his critics that he is serious about human resurrection and believes it could even be possible within the next 30 years.
According to the Humai website, the company is an: ‘AI company with a mission to reinvent the afterlife.
‘We want to bring you back to life after you die.’
It explained that it plans to use artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to ‘store data of conversational styles, behavioural patterns, thought processes and information about how a person’s body functions from the inside-out.’
This data would then be coded into ‘multiple sensor technologies’, which would be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human.
Plus, as the brain matures the company said it would use cloning nanotechnology to restore it and ‘bring it back to life.’
It is not known how much the process would cost, or how the brains would be obtained but Mr Bocanegra told Australian PopSci: ‘After death we’ll freeze the brain using cryonics technology.
‘When the technology is fully developed we’ll implant the brain into an artificial body.’
He added that the artificial body functions would be controlled by the person’s thoughts using brain waves, in a similar way advanced prosthetics are controlled today.
When asked why he developed the idea, he said an artificial body will ‘contribute to the human experience’ and it will make death easier to accept.
Although the idea sounds similar to the concept of singularity, there is a distinction between the two.
Technological singularity is the development of ‘superintelligence’ brought about through the use of technology.
Put more simply, it is the idea of uploading our minds to computers and replacing body parts with machines to make us smarter and fitter while we are alive.
The first use of the term ‘singularity’ to refer to technological minds was by mathematician John von Neumann in the mid-1950s.
He said: ‘Ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.’
The term was then used by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge who believes brain-computer interfaces are causes of the singularity.
Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil recently cited von Neumann’s use of the term in a foreword to von Neumann’s classic The Computer and the Brain.
Kurzweil predicts the singularity to occur around 2045 while Vinge predicts it will happen before 2030.
Elsewhere, Google Ventures’ president Bill Maris believes that it will one day be possible for humans to live to 500 years old, and this will be helped by medical breakthroughs as well as a rise in biomechanics.
He has already ploughed money into genetics firms and cancer diagnostic startups and said: ‘We have the tools in the life sciences to achieve anything that you have the audacity to envision. I just hope to live long enough not to die.’
Mr Maris founded Google Ventures in 2009 and oversees all of the fund’s global activities.
However, his claims contradict those made recently at a gerontology conference by Professor Sir Colin Blakemore.
Sir Blakemore, a neurobiologist and former chief executive of the British Medical Research Council, said there is a ceiling on how long humans can live, and how much the body can age.
And he stated that that 120 years ‘might be a real absolute limit to human lifespan.’
He added people living for longer than 120 years is ‘so rarely exceeded’ that, even with medical and technological advances, it is unlikely this upper threshold will be raised.