Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Future of Death (part 2)
Cryonics is one area of study that has gained popularity among celebrities and millionaires. The body, or even just the head, is frozen with the expectation that future medical technology will someday exist so that the individual can be medically resurrected. Though no such technology exists, companies that perform freezing and preservation procedures to "pause" or life insist that it is their belief that improved technology will exist in the near future. This "insurance policy" against permanent death will cost you, though, with prices ranging from $28,000 to $200,000. Cryonics is also being seriously considered for use in long, interstellar journeys for astronauts, where the explorers would enter into a "cold-sleep," only to be revived years later, without the effects of cell aging.