Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) September 17, 2002
Interaction Designer Herb Gilliland announces that he is seeking capital for investment into his brain-perpetuating product idea.
"Much of the valuable, personal information we hold in our minds is lost at the moment of death. Please help me save this information by designing and marketing brain perpetuation devices for post-mordem cultivation of valuable neurologically stored information," says Herb Gilliland, alumnus from Carnegie Mellon University.
"My ideas have always proven to be resourceful, but not always right. I assure you, in this case any effort is worth more than our current efforts to harness the power of elderly brains."
Mr. Gilliland hopes to revolutionize humanity's approach to burial ritual. His efforts in Interaction Design and research into brain-computer interfaces has spawned a side project, which he calls the Brain Pod.
"It's not a trademark, or a product name or anything like that. It's just an idea. It may sound like Futurama, but keeping consciousness perpetuated through a specialized technology such as a Brain Pod might be a way to keep qualified, neurologically sound patients from oblivion," says Gilliland.
The plans he has involve extensive testing and research, which requires startup capital. Venture seed capital is sought to create a realistic platform for testing his real life "brain in a vat" scenario.
"It's nothing new, but it certainly isn't a technology that is readily available at this stage. A tested prototype could be available in as little as 18 months, but we plan to continue to hone this technology until we can cheaply, and assuredly, extend human consciousness through this device," reported Mr. Gilliland.
Initial online surveys revealed mixed reactions from random participants. At least 60% of users suggested that they would be at least interested in such a technology, though some felt it was an impossible task.
Mr. Gilliland responds, "Going to the moon seemed an impossible task, but humanity did it. Maybe one day, I'll be sending out a press release from inside one of these things."
The device he describes is a modular unit which can be carefully stored and maintained by a crew of trained, highly specialized attendants. Options for connecting the device to prosthetic bodies for "real life errands" seem to be in the works, providing a niche industry for robotic prosthetics, tele-operated robotics and related industries.
"We want you to hug your grandchildren, even if your corpse is six feet under." boasts the scientist and member of the Immortality Institute.
He is accepting inquiries for discussions on the technology, its cost estimations and projections.
"I believe we have yet to unlock the vast power of our brains. I see this technology as a valuable step toward that evolution."