Funds are an important aspect of the project for a Russian billionaire, who has a plan to make himself and others live forever.
Dmitry Itskov, a 31-year-old media mogul, implored other magnates to fund cybernetic immortality and the artificial body - basically transferring human consciousness into a robot body.
In open letter to the Forbes richest list he wrote, "Currently you invest in business projects that will bring you yet another billion."
"You also have the ability to finance the extension of your own life up to immortality. Our civilisation has come very close to the creation of such technologies: it's not a science fiction fantasy. It is in your power to make sure that this goal will be achieved in your lifetime," News.com.au quoted him as writing.
According to Mashable, his timetable is tight - by 2025 scientists will be able to transfer the human brain into a robotic skeleton, by 2035 an avatar brain will be created and your personality inserted within, and by 2045 humans will walk around in holographic avatars that will never die.
Indeed, Wired magazine reported that the Russian wants to end the need for surgery and troubleshoot our robo-bodies instead.
According to the National Turk, Itskov has said that he has already assembled a team of scientists for the job but still needs more funds to continue the project. (