Hawking predicts uploading the brain into a computer

September 26, 2013

Professor Stephen Hawking has predicted that it could be possible to preserve a mind as powerful as his on a computer — but not with technology existing today, The Telegraph reports.

Hawking said the brain operates in a way similar to a computer program, meaning it could in theory be kept running without a body to power it.

“I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is like a computer, so it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death.”

He made the comments at the 33rd Cambridge Film Festival, featuring a special gala screening of Hawking presented by the documentary’s subject, Professor Stephen Hawking.