The breakneck pace at which technology furthers itself, roughly doubling (according to Moore’s Law) every two years, makes it imaginable that in the not too distant future, technology will have advanced to a point where human consciousness will be able to be transferred into a mechanical structure, for all intents and purposes a cyborg. It seems very far fetched - something from the world of science fiction - but then again the mobile phone, the television, the self-driving car and the internet all began life either on the small screen or in the pages of a paper back book. 

While at present the creation of a cognisant synthetic being is not possible, laboratories across the world are following a path that could result in something not dissimilar. However, rather than prolonging the lifespan of human consciousness, scientists and engineers in Japan are currently set on creating its mechanised doppelgänger;

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