so I’ve been thinking about…
November 13, 2015
So this week I got to thinking about cryonics, and the big underlying, unspoken assumption held by cryonics companies and those who actually take the steps to make sure they’re properly preserved at the moment of death (ideally, my skimming research tells me) so that they might be revived, repaired, and restored at some future date when medical science has solved All the Problems.
And the assumption isn’t the basic notion that they can be revived, that medicine will someday be advanced enough to unfreeze them safely and then repair whatever killed them. The huge, unspoken assumption is that future medicine will care. I’m sure cryonics companies are working hard to have the financial endowment and administration to keep their clients frozen safely, for whatever values of “safely” they’ve established. But do they have the administration and future management in place to advocate for their clients to the medical community? To monitor medical science to keep track of when future medicine might have the ability to successfully revive their clients? Are they doing research into cryo-revival themselves? Will they keep track of not only revival, but when medicine might have the cures their clients need? And do they have a system in place to actually go to doctors/hospitals/whatever and say “Hey, we’ve got this frozen body here we want you to work on.” And why do they have the complete and utter faith that those future doctors and hospitals will say, “Why yes, of course, come right on in?”
Because that’s what they’re depending on. Not the future medical technology, but on the benevolence of those future medical practitioners to want to spend the time and effort treating clients who’ve been effectively and legally dead for decades or longer.
So that’s what I’m thinking about this week.