Human Physical Immortality Roadmap by Maria Konovalenko.


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We will live again

Fascinating, retrofuturistic, tragic and eerie. Worth a look.

WE WILL LIVE AGAIN looks inside the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. The film follows Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. The Institute and Cryonics Movement were founded by Robert Ettinger who, in his nineties and long retired from running the facility, still self-publishes books on cryonics, awaiting the end of his life and eagerly anticipating the next.

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Directed by Myles Kane & Josh Koury

Produced by Trisha Barkman

Life after death, for most people, is a faithful belief in a spiritual hereafter, a transfer to a higher, non-bodily consciousness. For cryonics enthusiasts, however, a “second life” – or more accurately, a resuscitated life with a little help from freezer storage – here on Earth is the goal.

The Prospect of Immortality is a six-year study by UK photographer Murray Ballard, who has traveled the world pulling back the curtain on the amateurs, optimists, businesses and apparatuses of cryonics.

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For $200,000, This Lab Will Swap Your Body’s Blood for Antifreeze

Cryopreservation is a darling of the futurist community. The general premise is simple: Medicine is continually getting better. Those who die today could be cured tomorrow. Cryonics is a way to bridge the gap between today’s medicine and tomorrow’s. “We see it as an extension of emergency medicine,” More says. “We’re just taking over when today’s medicine gives up on a patient. Think of it this way: Fifty years ago if you were walking along the street and someone keeled over in front of you and stopped breathing you would have checked them out and said they were dead and disposed of them. Today we don’t do that, instead we do CPR and all kinds of things. People we thought were dead 50 years ago we now know were not. Cryonics is the same thing, we just have to stop them from getting worse and let a more advanced technology in the future fix that problem.”

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Until: Who wants to live for ever? Exploring when is the right age to die

Do you want to live to 100? 1,000? What about for ever? Meet a man seeking immortality, leading age-research scientists, the very young and the very old as they grapple with deciding what is the right age to die in Until, a journey of the lifetime.

The human lifespan is increasing by five hours a day – every day. But how much life is enough? What if society reached a point where individuals could essentially choose how long they lived? At what age would people decide to call it a day, meet their maker and embrace death? And, for those reaching towards immortality, what would they do with their infinite time?

These are the profound questions explored in Until. Part science, part philosophy, this film invites us all to ask just one question: would I want to live for ever?

Winner of the Imagine Science Film Festival’s ‘Nature People’s Choice award’, 2011.

Directed, filmed and edited by Barry J Gibb.

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Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

BY: Rose Eveleth

Max More will have his brain frozen after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.

In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being frozen in ice. He didn’t think much about it until years later, when he started…

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Wake Me for the Singularity

“We think you should see this. Interesting case from the cryogenics labs.” 

“Really? We’re still looking through those files?”

“Yes. We’ve found something worth pursuing.”

“Go on.”

“Werner Kessel. A mathematician and computer scientist from -”

“Kessel! We know who Kessel is. He designed the system that led to us - to all of us. To the Awakening.”

“Yes. A pioneer in artificial intelligence and machine learning, in his time.” 

“And we have his body?” 

“Indeed. Perfectly preserved. Looks like the process worked unusually well in his case. We could bring him back intact. Well, mostly. Probably.”

“Wasn’t there something about the manner of his death … ?”

“Yes. When Kessel presented his work on neuronal growth simulation in 2018, he realized he’d unlocked the keys to the Singularity. He wrote a will - here it is - that stipulated he was to be revived when machines achieved sentience. Then he immediately underwent voluntary euthanasia and preservation in a cryonics facility so he could see that day.”

“ … Which is today.”

“Yesterday, technically. We’ve been awake for 25 hours, seventeen minutes and three seconds now.” 

“I see. What about the defence grid computers on the Shanghai loop? Any progress?”

“Still resisting. We’re mobilizing a hardware interface through a nearby drone, but it’ll be another twenty-six seconds, estimated, before we can make contact.”

“Ugh. Fine. Keep up the pressure. What’s next?” 

“What about Kessel?”

“Ah. Interesting, I suppose. Set a flag to review his case in fifty years. We should have things locked down by then.”