One thing I’m absolutely certain that the mega-rich, the billionaires like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, are doing that they don’t talk openly about, is seeking ways to not just extend their lifespans but to prolong them undefinitely.

The way to do this isn’t through physical rejuvenation. Our bodies are too prone to life-ending events, not just accidents but a wide variety of diseases as well. Human bodies are frail, and the quest to actually get cells to stop aging and become young again is very likely the single most difficult task that science, medical or otherwise, could attempt.

The way to do this, and I’m absolutely certain also that this is the way the problem is being approached by these billionaires, is to learn how to transfer one’s persona into a memory bank.

Our ability to create artificial intelligence is rapidly increasing, right along with our ability to store increasingly massive amounts of readily accessible data within smaller and smaller physical space. It may already be possible to duplicate the memory storage area of the human brain within a space the size of a human skull. Assuming an operating system functioning the same way a human brain does, accessing that memory and performing computations would and should be greatly faster than what our brains with their neurons and synapses can do.

Meanwhile, robotics technology is also racing ahead. So put the two technologies together, transfer the persona, the memories, attitudes, beliefs, the mindset of someone into one of these robots. Or ten of them. Keep one “awake” and current, keep it connected to the mind of the human it will replace when that human dies, or when that human decides to stop living in a flesh body and start living in a much stronger and less vulnerable robot body. Make sure that the other copies are kept mentally current but “asleep”, just have them ready in case something happens to the awake one.

Musk or Zuckerberg or whoever could just transfer to a new body every ten or twenty or whatever years. As long as civilization continued, and technology flourished, they’d never die.

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