On March 22 the Swiss Italian TV (RSI) aired a documentary on ife extension, cryonics and mind uploading titled “Ho deciso di diventare immortale” (I decided to become immortal). I appear in the film with friends Linda Chamberlain, Aubrey de Grey, Randal Koene, and Max More.
Filmmaker Fulvio Bernasconi and his crew traveled around the planet to talk to people with different takes on immortality and related topics, and did a great job editing what must have been like 20 hours of interviews on film, packing the most interesting parts into a consistent 50 minutes story, narrated by Fulvio.
The video is available online, but you should arm yourself with patience and be prepared to try a few times because the RSI website doesn’t work too well for streaming video. Too bad the video isn’t on Youtube. However, I recommend to try and watch the documentary, especially to Italian speakers. Fulvio’s film is one of the few good documentaries on life extension, cryonics and mind uploading in our language.
The film opens with Fulvio visiting his family grave in Lugano and wondering how to avoid ending up there. He decides to become immortal, and goes on a quest that brings him around the world to discuss life extension (Aubrey), cryonics (Linda and Max), and mind uploading (Randal and I). To counterbalance our wild-eyed enthusiasm, the film includes sobering thoughts and commentaries by philosopher Stephen Cave, the author of “Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization.”
The film doesn’t cover all the bases (that would be impossible in 50 minutes), but leaves the viewer curious to learn more – which is, of course, the goal of a good documentary. I miss a second philosophical perspective, less sober and more visionary, from a transhumanist philosopher able to offer a cosmic long view of our journey towards transcendence . Of course, Max is a visionary transhumanist philosopher, but the film covers mainly his cryonics work at Alcor. So I hope Fulvio will expand this excellent preliminary introduction in a new film.
L’idea di finire nella tomba di famiglia nel cimitero della Gerra di Lugano non mi entusiasma. Ho deciso dunque di diventare immortale. Oggi la tecnologia promette di farci vivere per sempre. Secondo il bio – gerontologo Aubrey de Grey, il primo uomo che vivrà mille anni è già nato ed è di mezza età proprio come me.
Il documentario narra la ricerca fantastica per trovare il modo di estendere all’infinito la mia esistenza. Nanotecnologia, biologia cellulare, criogenesi e mindownloading sono i metodi che ho sperimentato. Il risultato è sorprendente.