Pros And Cons Of Biostasis aka Cryonics

Biostasis pros

Why should you choose cryonics? Certainly the most obvious arguments in favor of this decision are related to future revival. If and when revival technology is developed, members who were “doomed” at the time of their legal death will potentially be cured and will be able to enjoy an extended life in the future. Yet, some arguments for or against are independent of whether the technology will ultimately be successful or not. For example, both the research and the mindset behind the development of the biostasis field could positively influence our society, even before revival. Let’s analyze these pros together.

Cryonics could possibly save lives

This is definitely the biggest argument in favour of cryopreservation. Today in Europe we have an average life expectancy of around 81 years. There is reason to expect that in the future humanity will be able to live several years (or even decades or more) longer. How are they going to do that? By treating illnesses that are still untreatable today. Researchers and scientists, potentially with the use of artificial intelligence, will make new discoveries (as they have always been doing). These discoveries will help the future society treat a wider amount of diseases compared to what we can treat today. This means that people who are “doomed” today could probably be treated in the future.

Members have a chance to experience the future

If revival technology works, our members will wake up in the future. They will open their eyes to a world and a society that is likely to be different from the present one. Imagine what the situation was like in 1900: people had no indoor plumbing, no phones and no cars. Now imagine life 100 years from now. Some aspects of life will be very significantly different from what we are used to! Considering that society has continuously evolved, improving living conditions, it is to be expected that this trend will continue. Life in the future could likely be better than life today.

It supports the development of medical technology

Our bodies are made up of different systems which are interconnected, just like the branches of medicine that deal with them. A discovery made in one field can often benefit another. Just as a drug developed to solve a specific problem could also work for another disease. An example is sildenafil, a medicine that was created to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and now is commonly known and sold as Viagra.

It endorses our long term thinking

When our society wasn’t as developed as it is today, short-term thinking was very important. Here-and-now was what kept us alive. Since then, we have been developing several new skills that fit today’s society better. One of them is long-term thinking. While this quality is rather useful nowadays, on average we are still not very good at it. For example: have you ever bought something that wasn’t that necessary but gave you temporary pleasure? Have you ever regretted buying it afterwards, realizing that you could have used that money for something more important? This is short-term thinking prevailing over long-term thinking.

Biostasis cons

Now that we have seen the different arguments in favour, what are the ones that might make you decide not to join cryonics? Is it the costs or perhaps its uncertainty that is stopping you?

It’s rather expensive

The cryopreservation process consists of several steps, each of which has a fairly high cost. Let’s have a look at them:

  • Transportation of the standby team to the patient
  • Initial field cryoprotectant procedure
  • Transportation of the patient to the long-term storage facility
  • Subsequent cooling and completion of the procedure
  • Long-term preservation
  • Future revival

The necessary revival technology is still missing

Apart from its price, there is another main reason why people interested in cryonics may choose not to join: nobody has ever been revived. The technology behind revival doesn’t exist yet and it may take several years, decades or even centuries to develop it. While we can cryopreserve and subsequently thaw embryos, semen, tissues and simple organisms, thawing an organism as complex as a human body is still not doable.

Conclusion

Let’s try to summarise. Biostasis could potentially save your life and make you experience the future. It could improve your long term thinking and help the development of scientific research. On the other hand, it will cost you a significant amount of money and there is no certainty that it will eventually work. To make a decision you could ask yourself: “is it worth it to invest my money in a potential technology that could give me more years of life in the future?” What do you think?

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