Might future humans resurrect the dead?
Well, Russian researchers Alexey Turchin and Maxim Chernyakov, who belong to the transhumanism movement, wrote a paper explaining the "roadmap to immortality" that involves superintelligent AI systems powered by Dyson spheres as the primary technology might someday make resurrection possible.
Turchin and Chernyakov wrote, "there no evidence of an afterlife. But there's also no proof that medical death is the end of subjective experience, or that death is irreversible, or immortality impossible."
The paper, which Popular Mechanics first reported, is titled "Classification of Approaches to Technological Resurrection," which offers a roadmap to immortality.
"Death seems to be a permanent event, but there is no actual proof of its irreversibility," the authors write. And "while no method is currently possible, many…may become feasible with future technological development."
Turchin and Chernyakov examine both conventional and future technologies of making humanity immortal, from cryogenics to uploading brains onto the cloud then transplanted into clone bodies. They said "strong AI" will be the most critical technology to download the brain's contents, but that technology could years away.
"The development of AI is going rather fast, but we are still far away from being able to 'download' a human into a computer," Turchin told Russia Beyond. "If we want to do it with a good probability of success, then count on [the year] 2600, to be sure."
The authors said the power supply behind the AI would be so powerful that it would need a "Dyson spheres," a megastructure of solar panels that encompasses a star and captures a large percentage of its power output.
The paper describes life as a "continued stream of subjective experiences" and death as an end of that stream. Immortality, to the researchers, is a "life stream without end," and resurrection is the "continuation of that same stream of experiences after an arbitrarily long gap."
Digital immortality is inevitable...