Say what you want, but Russian billionaires are the most eccentric and show-offish of them all. Opposing Viewes, iTech Post, Daily Mail, Motherboard and others finally caught a drift of something that Russia – the Motherland of the most eccentric billionaires – have known since February 2011.
For once, the saying When all you have in life is Money, all you want is more, does not apply here in its pure form. To reflect the changed times, both present and future, it needs to be slightly modified. Something like this: When all you have in life is Money, all you want is Life and Money Forever.
Founded by Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov in February 2011 with the participation of leading Russian specialists in the field of neural interfaces, robotics, artificial organs and systems, the 2045 Initiative is getting noticed. The enrollment, as of this writing, numbers 23,721 members. The headlines smell of sensationalism. Russian Billionaire Dmitry Itskov Plans On Becoming Immortal By 2045. Or this one:
Today it is hard to imagine a future when bodies consisting of nanorobots will become affordable and capable of taking any form. It is also hard to imagine body holograms featuring controlled matter. One thing is clear however: humanity, for the first time in its history, will make a fully managed evolutionary transition and eventually become a new species.
Other words, if you imagined a future without eccentric Russian billionaires, holographically and photogenically fluttering in the air, flaunting their uploaded brains, one thing is clear: you know nothing about the future.
As I said, people ain’t kind. They mock the sweater Mr. Itsikov dressed his waist-length robotic mannequin. Handsome half-fellow, isn’t he? Give him the missing parts, take that blasted sweater off, and he’d make a fine companion to that female, well, form, to his right, illustrating the future of billionaires everywhere.
People aren’t too thrilled with the whole idea of immortal billionaires. People insist they know how to spend billionaires’ money better. Or how to find non-techno ways of achieving immortality.
And those quoted below aren’t even Russians. Not predominantly Russians, I suspect.
Ah, well… What are you going to do? See for yourself what they say. People. Plebs.