This young billionaire paid a company $10,000 to kill him and preserve his brain

This young billionaire paid a company $10,000 to kill him and preserve his brain

A 32-year-old Silicon Valley billionaire and tech entrepreneur, Sam Altman, has paid to join a waiting list of people who want to be killed so his brain could be preserved.

Mr. Altman desires that his brain lives forever digitally.

Mr Altman paid this huge amount to Nectome — a start-up that promises to preserve your brain so it can – hopefully, one day – upload it into a computer to grant your consciousness eternal life.

This young billionaire paid a company $10,000 to kill him and preserve his brain
Y Combinator President Sam Altman speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 at Pier 48 on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

According to the company, the method that will be used is "100% fatal".

“I assume my brain will be uploaded to the cloud,” he said.

Mr. Sam Altman joins twenty four other people who have also paid to join a waiting list at Nectome.

The company essentially proposes to embalm your brain – while you are still alive – with the intention of uploading it to a computer if or when technology permits, so that you can live digitally forever.

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Netcome’s chemical solution can preserve a body for hundreds or potentially thousands of years so one day scientists may scan your stored brain so it can be reborn as a computer simulation.

The embalming chemicals need to be pumped into the client while they are still alive because the processs requires 'fresh brains' so that it can effectively kill them.

“The user experience will be identical to physician-assisted suicide,” Nectome’s co-founder Robert McIntyre, a computer scientist, said.

This young billionaire pays company $10,000 to kill him and preserve his brain
A sample brain that would be preserved

Netcome also said the process would involve hooking up a living customer to a machine which would pump them full of Nectome’s embalming chemicals.

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The company believes the process could particularly appeal to people with terminal illnesses.

According to a report, Nectome’s storage service is not for sale yet and there is still no evidence that memories remain, or can be extricated from dead tissue.

But the company already has a waiting list of future clients, ready to jump on the opportunity if or when the procedure becomes legal.

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