Dmitry Itskov, founder of 2045 Initiative, with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, at his Dharamsala residence.
Dmitry Itskov, founder of 2045 Initiative, with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, at his Dharamsala residence.

Apparently and a bit oddly the immortality project to transplant people’s brains into robots has received the blessing and support from the Dalai Lama. Dmitry Itskov, founder of Russia 2045, met His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, in his residence in Dharamsala, a small mountain town in northern India.They discussed the three major steps of 2045 Avatar Project.

  1. First, the creation of a human-like robot dubbed “Avatar A,” and a state-of-the-art brain-computer interface system to link the mind with it.
  2. Next, it be created a life support system for the human brain, which connects to the “Avatar A,” turning into “Avatar B.”
  3. The third step, named “Avatar C”, is developing an artificial brain in which to transfer one’s individual consciousness with the goal of achieving cybernetic immortality.

Creating the “Avatar C” through developing an artificial brain and understanding the nature of human consciousness, says the Dalai Lama, could be attainable, and would be a great benefit to future development of science.

“In the last few years, scientists now begin to show an interest about consciousness, as well as brain specialists, neuroscientists, who also begin to show interest about consciousness or mind. I feel that over the next decades modern science will become more complete,” said the Dalai Lama. “So up to now the matter side of science has been highly technical, highly advanced, but the mind side has not been adequate. This project, definitely, is helpful to get more knowledge.”

Several months ago, DARPA – the Pentagon’s research arm – announced their own plans on creating a militarized avatar project, serving as a soldiers surrogate on the battlefield.

“My project has very different, humanitarian goals – it involves technologies that could mark a transition for humanity, with endless benefits in the future. But already in the next few years, we will be able to enhance the life of those who are disabled, radically improving their living standards. This is just the beginning. It’s my goal to ensure it is affordable and accessible for all people – not just for the elite and the military,” said Itskov.

The Dalai Lama also agreed that it is crucial to discuss the ethics behind these types of progressive technologies. “We should carry out these experiments with a full sense of responsibility and respect for life that will only benefit humanity, benefit others.”

Itskov has been reaching out to spiritual leaders to start a dialogue about how they could reach harmonious integration with scientists. “It’s important to establish a bridge between scientists and spiritual leaders for a successful transition to a new phase for humanity,” he said.

The 2045 initiative held its first Global Future 2045 Congress in Moscow, in February 2012. There, over 50 world-leading physicists, biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, and philosophers met seeking to develop a strategy for further development of the humankind. The initiative’s goal is to create a network with the world’s leading scientists who are focused on the development of cybernetic technology with the ultimate goal of transferring human’s individual consciousness to an artificial carrier. The network will act as an investment hub, contributing to various projects around the world.

The next Global Future 2045 Congress will be held in June 2013, in New York City.


  • Ankur Sethi

    Who knew the Dalai Lama had so little knowledge about the soul.

  • Anon

    Please, enlighten us with this knowledge you must surely have about what constitutes a ‘soul,’ I’m sure everyone is dying to know.

  • Abbi

    Cybermen? Anyone? No? Ok.

  • Kevin

    He seems to have a really good grip on reality, logic and reason, however.

  • josh

    what is a “soul” other than an imaginary construct for consciousness?

  • Kixu

    Ghost in the shell.

  • robot

    actually, quite the opposite…. the “soul” notion is more complicated than you assume.  It’s highly questionable whether there is an “I” at all. One is never the same in any one instance of time, whether it be because of physical, mental, experiential, locational, temporal factors. The lay person’s concept of a soul is an antiquated one influenced by certain religious ideologies and lack of information. The more we progress, and as technology advances, the more we learn that consciousness itself was never what we originally assumed it to be. You could even say that animals today are just really complex “machines,” but just because they are does not mean that it negates the existence of life. And just because something is “natural” or “alive” does not mean that it is not a machine. 

  • mystrdat

    There is none.

  • Roberto

    Back to the basics. The soul is a principle in the order of life. It is also a principle in the order of being. But careful, if my soul is my substance, substance is not soul, else all that would be would live. Btw, the soul is a pagan discovery… about 3 trillion page views before AOL, by Plato633…

  • JuanMith Pablo Kaito

    Yah pretty much de Cybermen lol , and a bit of Avatar …can James Cameron just tell this guys not every screen play he writes it has to become a reality xD …skynet is already there just laughint at us now (psicho comment) :D

  • Orçun Avşar

    That Dalai Lama must have forgotten his learnings on Anatta

  • Phos

    As a Satanist, Dalai Lama makes the same promise the devil did to Adam and Eve!

  • Eleacorelli

    Satan is glad to hear that.  The soul can ‘t be in a computer.

  • Audrey Yu

    I don’t see how this technology is going to recover the souls of those who have already passed on. If those whom I love are no longer in this world, would I want to be here forever and ever, thus being forever separated from them?