(London Guardian) A US startup is promising to upload customers’ brains to the cloud using a pioneering technique it has trialled on rabbits.
The only catch, according to the company’s cofounder? The process is “100% fatal”.
Nectome, founded in 2016 by a pair of MIT AI researchers, hopes to offer a commercial application of a novel process for preserving brains, called “aldehyde-stabilised cryopreservation”. The process, which results in the brain being “vitrifixed” – the startup’s self-named term for essentially turning it into glass – is promising enough that it has won two prizes from the Brain Preservation Foundation, for preserving a rabbit’s brain in 2016 and a pig’s brain in 2018.
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