Who Benefits from the Advancements in Cryonics?

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Anyone who doesn’t want to die will benefit from cryonics. You would think this would be a wider swath of the population then it is. But the fact is that many people are extremely skeptical about whether cryonics, or the science of preserving the human body in cold storage until it can be revived, is a viable practice. After all, it’s not like anyone has ever been revived from cryonic suspension yet. But the same was true of any new technology. No one had ever been to the moon before the late 60s. All scientific progress requires a first. All of science requires belief and effort that there will be enough willpower in the human spirit to build upon the beginnings of the technology in the beginning stages, when it’s less fruitful. This means that just about everyone can look forward to advances in cryonics, and not just the terminally ill.

So What Is Cryonics?

 

The word “cryonics” comes from a Greek phrase that means “icy cold.” The study of cryonics deals with the cold preservation of either humans or animals that can’t currently be saved by modern medicine. The current legal approach to people that have been preserved with cryonics is that they are legally dead. But the hope is obviously that future technology could resuscitate them. One misconception people often have about Cryonics is that it’s only for people who are terminally ill, and that cryonics holds them in a state just like they were when they were alive. Neither of these things are really quite accurate. The body is cooled down to an extremely low temperature to prevent any kind of decay. Once this happens,  the person would need technology that hasn’t been invented yet to bring them back to life, regardless of whether they have a terminal illness or not.

What Could Resuscitate Dead People?

Generally, advances in cryonics specifically refer to better ways of preserving human tissue with a minimum amount of damage. One such new process that’s been invented recently, for example, is called vitrification. This is a process of turning water solid without going through the freezing process that expands and destroys cells. This cools cells without hurting them with ice crystals, and suspends time around them, in a sense.

The most important question regarding technological advances and cryonics, the one that tends to be on everyone’s mind, is: how will people be revived? It’s true that cryonics banks on technological advances in the future, but the idea is, as long as the advances come, and as long as you are perfectly preserved and stay that way, then you have plenty of time to wait.

Possibilities for what could bring back people preserved with cryonics include something called molecular nanotech. This refers to tiny robots that can move around the building blocks of the universe, including, potentially-the cells in your body. They could repair any damage, and get life moving again after it’s been frozen. This tech isn’t available yet, and there’s a lot of controversy over whether it will ever happen, but many say that’s it absolutely possible, in theory.

New Possibilities for Fertility

Also, it should go without saying that any extreme technology that preserves human life could also be used to preserve the possibility to make more life. This could include preserving sperm more effectively at sperm banks, for example, but it could also mean preserving or even regenerating the biological equipment people need to reproduce.

 

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