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Tycoon investing billions in immortality research

March 18, 2013 | Telepresence Options

"The next space race" is the research and development of technology that makes eternal life possible.

Story and Images by Cadie Thompson / CNBC

It may sound like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but Dmitry Itskov, a 35-year-old media mogul, is seeking investors to fund research for technology that will make eternal life possible by transferring human consciousness in an artificial form to avatars (robotic bodies).

"It's the next space race," Itskov said at a question and answer meeting on Friday to a handful of journalists.

Itskov is the founder of Initiative 2045, a non-profit organisation focused on creating an international research centre where scientists will research and develop the technologies to make eternal life possible.

Last year, Itskov wrote a public letter to individuals on Forbes billionaires list asking them to invest in his project. While Itskov did not receive any public responses, he did accomplish his goal of getting word out about the project and he is continually in talks with wealthy individuals about his project, he said.

"The goal was to get the public's attention," Itskov said. "I do communicate with some of the richest people in the world, but I can't share who they are."

This summer, Itskov will make a pitch to not only to the world's most wealthy individuals, but the entire business community, to invest in his project as well as research and development in areas that help further his cause.

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