Bodies kept alive in plastic bags and lifeless 'blank' humans ready for a new consciousness to be uploaded: Controversial booth at CES claims to offer IMMORTALITY - but is all as it seems?
At one mysterious booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center this week, the reaction of passers-by has been unlike anywhere else.
Murmurs of ‘I don’t like this,’ and ‘no, this is too much for me,’ could be heard as CES attendees crowded around the Psychasec setup, greeted by what appeared to be lifeless human forms on display in large glass cases.
During a brief tour through the booth, exhibitors dressed in all white sold the idea of immortality, through a plan to upload human consciousness to ‘human sleeves’ of whatever design you desire – before concluding around the display of ‘Joel,’ a fresh ‘sleeve' in a vacuum sealed bag, breathing and eating through a tube.
While the display has been jarring to some, there is more to it than initially meets the eye.
Visitors who went through the tour were presented with a trailer for a Netflix show called Altered Carbon, and gifted small Netflix branded goodie bags containing ‘cortical stack aftercare gel.’
It may be one of the most bizarre Netflix marketing schemes yet, going as far as plastering posters with ‘Boycott #Psychasec’ and ‘Immortality is Immoral’ along the outside of the booth (though an exhibitor insisted that this had been done by anti-Psychasec protestors).
But, either way, it’s not an exhibit you’re likely to forget anytime soon.
Pointing to the disturbing ‘human sleeves’ inside the neon-backlit cases, a guide said: ‘These are 100 percent genetically home-grown organic sleeves – the sleeve is your body.’
‘These are made of skin, tissue, muscle, bone, nervous system, cells, everything that we have to generate ourselves to make our movements, these are made up of,’ the Psychasec exhibitor said.
Unlike all other booths at CES, none of the exhibitors at Psychasec had name badges.
‘These are conscious-less sleeves right now,’ the presenter continued.
‘We’ve developed a way to put your consciousness into these sleeves. Now these sleeves can be genetically designed to be whatever you like
'You can have a sleeve of yourself, you can have a sleeve genetically designed to whatever you want: Taller, shorter, musclier, better vision, faster, any race or any gender, with your mind.’
The system relies on what the firm calls a ‘cortical stack.’
The so-called cortical stack is a small device that is inserted into the base of the spine in the ‘human sleeve.’
The stack then interacts with the nervous system, to ‘essentially download your memories, or you, onto this device like backup hard drive,’ much like iPhone users do with the cloud, the presenter noted.
‘The same thing, this will back up you – everything that makes up your personality. The emotion, every memory, everything that is you is stored onto this cortical stack.’
The downloaded information could then be transferred into the human sleeve in what’s called a ‘needle casting.’
As the sleeves are made of biological material, they’d still be susceptible to disease and injury, the exhibitors said.
But, with the needle casting, a person could just transfer their information to new bodies as needed, ‘therefore creating immortality – you let your mind live on.’
The dystopian sci-fi Altered Carbon is set to premier on Netflix February 2.