Quest for Immortality
Digital immortality is a possibility in addition to biological immortality. In 2010, the Human Connectome Project was launched with the goal of mapping and building a \”network map\”, or connectome, to link its structure and behavior. Once the neural structure is fully deciphered, it can be uploaded to a computer which could control a robotic replica of a human.
The search for eternal life has been around as long as mankind itself. In the Mahamrityunjay mantra, which is an ancient Hindu prayer, one of the ancient Hindu requests is \”Grant us freedom from death, for the sake immortality. As the cucumber is freed from its relationship with the creeper, grant us our liberation.\” Death is the final end, mysterious, terrible and beyond the power of any human being.
Every civilisation has attempted to answer the question of how to overcome death. In every culture, myths have developed around immortal beings such as gods and valiant attempts by mortal men to achieve immortality. Science may now be closer than ever to finding a solution to this ancient quest. Unicellular organisms such as prokaryotes and protozoans, and algae were immortal and ageless in the early history.
Sexual reproduction increased our chances of surviving by a great deal. About a billion ago, it also accelerated the aging process and brought on death. Nature offers examples of immortality. A bacteria will not die unless it is killed by an anti-biotic or UV ray. Strawberry plants can clone and tiny hydrozoans can regenerate to resist ageing and dying. Cancer cells can also be immortal. Let’s first define immortality. It means to resist death and live forever. What is \”forever\”? Around 1900, life expectancy was 31 years.