Until the day he died, in 2011, Robert Ettinger hoped humanity would figure out a way to cheat death. Today, his body is stored in a cryonic vessel filled with liquid nitrogen and frozen to –196 degrees Celsius. He lies in cryopreservation at the Cryonics Institute in Michigan—which he founded—alongside his late mother, his first and second wives, and more than 150 other deceased.
“We’re classified as a cemetery, but I would like to think of us as being more like a hospital, caring for patients that are metabolically challenged,” says Ben Best, the president and CEO of the Cryonics Institute, in Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s short documentary about the institute, We Will Live Again.
“Reviving cryopreserved persons, though it cannot be done today,” [philosopher Ole Martin] Moen wrote, “does not require the development of radically new technologies; it requires further refinement and convergence of technologies that already exist … it is rational to opt for a small chance of survival when the alternative is no chance at all.”
Cryonics has also met with skepticism across the scientific community. The main argument is that cryopreservation techniques would cause irreversible brain damage, rendering revival an untenable proposition.
Read full, original post: Die. Freeze Body. Store. Revive.