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Classification of the approaches to the technological resurrection

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We have a problem: death

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Death is the loss of the information and it could be reversed

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“Technological resurrection” is reconstruction of a person based on the information

about his personality

(The problem of personal identity will be solved in future and we will not discuss it here. We assume for now that

informational equivalence is enough)More about personal identity

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There are many possible ways to reconstruct information about a human mind

We suggest classification from most plausible to least possible

Prepared while alive

Superintelligence driven

New physical discoveries

Use of “quantum immortality”

Partial resurrection

Transformative resurrection

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The best ways to the resurrection: prepared while the person is still alive.

Cryonics, link

Plastination, link

Digital immortality, link

Brain scanning Not available now

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Future superintelligence will be able to reconstruct people,

who’s resurrection was not prepared

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Future superintelligence could use something called “quantum archaeology”

Technical feasibility is not clear, as what is currently called “quantum teleportation” is not allowing data transfer

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Possible discovery of the new laws of physics

and changes of the world model open new ways to the resurrection

New physical laws could make information retrieval possible:

• Reading information from the past,

• Wormholes, • Time machines, • Parallel worlds, • Recovery of the lost information

via the new types of traces

Changes of the world model:

• We are in the simulation, and it records everything

• Aliens exist and record data about us

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“Quantum immortality” could help technological resurrection

QI improves subjective chances of


QI allows creation of the “universal problem

solver”, which could be used for the resurrection

of other people

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Partial resurrection: only part of the

information is retrieved

• Reconstruction based on the expectations of the relatives

• The same DNA-based clone, educated in the new conditions, partly similar to his past culture; • Improved version of a person

The new person is only partly similar to the previous one,

according to the values of the “resurrectors”

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Transformative resurrection:

not a person, but something else

• Theatre: transformation during game: cosplay, dialogue of voices

• Life inside the memory of another man - in dreams, in fantasies; shared brain

• Transformation into qualia, mood, image, symbol

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Transformative social resurrection:

• Foundation: an organisation continues the projects of the person after he died

• Museum: personal belongings, archive, research institute, catalogue-raisonne

• Biography, biopic movie • Collected works, chat-bot, books • Children • Family, • Monuments • Legacy, memories of people, heroization • Preservation of the cell line and body parts,

mummy • The embodiment of values and ideas • Symbolic reincarnation: name.

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Transcendental resurrection:

this is a category for all known religion believes

• Physical resurrection according to God’s will • Confluence with God • Reincarnation • Afterlife • Transformation into transcendental

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Full map

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History of Russian Cosmism

Fedorov (son of duke Gagarin)

Idea or resurrection

KorolevSpace rockets


Tsiolkovsky space colonisation

Idea to solve overpopulation

GagarinFun of Tsiolkovsky

fist cosmonaut

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Two types of the immortalityand two corresponding types

of resurrectionSubjective immortality:

immortality from the point of view of the observer

(based on experiences and memories)

Objective immortality: immortality from the point of view

of the society (based on expectation and behaviour)

Examples: “quantum immortality”

Examples: “digital immortality”,

foundation, DNA-clones

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The main problem: people do not want

technological resurrection

Religious concerns: But Jesus Christ was first transhumanist

Identity problem But superintelligent AI will solve it,

now it is just a chance to win

No practical steps: But digital immortality recording

could be done almost for free

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Best ways of the resurrection

• Sooner • In a better place • Together with friends • Without errors

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Prepared by Alexey Turchin, Foundation Science for Life Extension,

[email protected]