It is a plan taken straight from the pages of a science fiction novel – and potentially a way to exist forever.

A San Francisco inventor has revealed plans for a system to upload his brain to a computer.

He hopes to be able to replicate the human brain as a mechanical system.

Randal Koene says the key to this is the SIM – a ‘Substrate-Independent Mind.’

By mapping the brain, reducing its activity to computations, and reproducing those computations in code, Koene argued, humans could live indefinitely, emulated by silicon.

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