by Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Vice recently interviewed Russell Hanson, the brain behind Brain Backups, a startup that’s trying to map human brains in a non-destructive and non-invasive way. It’s basically a way of ‘getting the relevant information on cellular structure, neuronal connectivity, etc., at a very high resolution and recording all that information to a computer or hard drive’.

Hanson believes getting your brain backed up is useful for a few reasons, including having it as a ‘backup of something you value’ or when doctors might find it useful for treating patients with Alzheimer’s or depression. A few downfalls of this idea include identity theft, though Hanson is quick to note that this is very unlikely seeing as we live in an information-giving society already. Check out his interview to read more about his idea – completely innovative, if not a little scary!