Facts About Cryonics You Need To Know

There are 5 cryonics facilities in 4 different continents

Cryonics facilities have to be located in areas that are safe geographically, politically and economically. This is because they have to store the patients for an unlimited amount of time, until revival is possible. They can’t be built, for example, in areas that have a high risk of natural disasters or war. Clearly, it’s not that easy to find spots that meet all the requirements.

  • The European Biostasis Foundation’s (EBF) facility, in collaboration with Tomorrow Biostasis in Rafz, Switzerland, Europe.
  • Alcor’s facility , which was originally in California, and is now based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
  • The Cryonics Institute’s facility, the one with the highest number of people stored, is located in Clinton Town, Michigan, USA.
  • In Jinan, Shandong, eastern China, there is the The Shandong Yinfeng Life Science Research Institute.
  • And finally there is the Southern Cryonics’ facility, located close to Sydney, Australia.

The “father of cryonics” has been stored for only 10 years

In 1962 Robert Ettinger published his book “The Prospect of Immortality”. This work is globally recognized as the starting point for cryonics. All the advancements that have brought this field to what it is now stem from Ettinger and this book. It was about 60 years ago.

There are more than 250 pets currently cryopreserved

Yes, pet cryopreservation is possible. In fact, most biostasis providers offer this service for their members. Tomorrow Biostasis offers this service as well!

The long term cryogenics storage dewars is basically a big thermos

The special “time-travel” machine that will allow cryopreserved patients to see the future is something close to a big and high quality thermos. It’s called cryogenic storage dewar and it’s the same container used to store cells, tissues and embrions — just reasonably bigger.

Cryopreserving a person alive would be homicide

Many people think that it would make more sense to be cryopreserved alive, to be then woken up again in the future. Like it happens in sci-fi movies or Futurama. Yet, medical technology still has to find a way to revive complex organisms. This means that, if biostasis providers would cryopreserve patients alive… they would kill them, without having a way to revive them yet. Therefore this would be considered murder!

In 2019 Netflix released a documentary about the youngest cryopreserved patient ever

If you want to know more about choosing biostasis as a life-saving technology, you should watch “Hope Frozen’’ by Netflix. This Thai documentary follows a couple who decide to cryopreserved their 3-years.old daughter after her legal death. To avoid the spoiler, we won’t say more. Just be sure you have tissues close by when you watch it!

Conclusion

Interest in cryonics has been rising in the last few years. The latest technological advancements have shown how things we believed were impossible can actually be achieved. Revival from cryopreservation doesn’t seem that far anymore. And people are getting more and more curious.

  • First of all, all biostasis facilities have a limited space. Obviously, this space can be expanded but it takes time to build new facilities.
  • Additionally, there is a limited number of standby teams. If, again, a billion people would subscribe tomorrow, biostasis providers would need to train and equip an enormous amount of people. If there weren’t enough standby teams, providers wouldn’t be able to guarantee a fast response and a high quality cryopreservation. Having teams ready is a very important part of the process.
  • Finally, it wouldn’t be that easy to buy or produce rapidly enough the amount of liquid nitrogen needed for a billion people.

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