We are pursuing the projects listed below with our own resources, but we are open to collaboration. These are the projects we have identified as the most important for aligning humanity to the long-term vision of indefinite life.
While these projects can be worked on in parallel to a certain extent, each project builds off the previous projects, so they need to be completed in the listed order.
2013 - Present
|The Indefinite Life Handbook is a public wiki of information about tackling existential risks (more specifically, risks that can be mitigated with digital life extension technologies). While the Indefinite Life Handbook will be continually updated as new information is found, the initial scope of this project involves compiling all Lifetimes Infinity's existing knowledge into the initial content that will fill out the wiki.|
|In the near future, the Lifetimes Infinity team aims to complete a scalable model of general intelligence. The Semantic Pointer Architecture (developed by theoretical neuroscientist Chris Eliasmith) is regarded by our team as the current best candidate.|
2018 - Present
|NeuraNex is a software package which will allow for the fast and scalable training of complex artificial neural networks.|
|To achieve mind uploading, we not only require a general intelligence model, but we also need to successfully implement the model (as an artificial digital brain). This will need be achieved with affordable computers (rather than requiring expensive and large supercomputers). The Lifetimes Infinity team is confident that an uploaded mind doesn't need to simulate every synaptic connection of a person to match their cognitive ability. This approach will allow us to build artificial brains that have relatively low computational requirements.|
|By the time we get to this stage, it is our hope that brain-computer interface (BCI) technology will have advanced enough for us to not need to develop our own BCI technology. But if needed, we will develop our own BCI technology in order to move forward with fully validating our mind uploading procedures. It's difficult to provide the exact BCI specifications we will require, but we estimate the BCI will need to be capable of extracting output and feeding input to at least a few million neurons in a living biological brain.|
|Validate the feasibility of mind uploading (including the transfer of personal identity) in a laboratory setting. Experiments on smaller brains (such as insects) could be used to both determine and push some of the boundaries of this field. In addition, tests could be performed on two digital minds, yielding valuable information on mind-to-mind communication without requiring biological test subjects.|
|Deploy mind uploading procedure to humans.|
For additional information about any of these projects, see the Indefinite Life Handbook.
Note: This timeline doesn't include any projection dates because they would merely be guesses, especially with our current state of funding.