Life extension is any
method that lengthens an organism's life span, and the ultimate life span is
achieve that goal we now have two
choices: live long enough to reach immortality, or be preserved until you can be
Nanotechnology will certainly be capable of reviving people from Biostasis (suspended
animation). Cryonics, or low temperature body storage, has been our best hope for 'surviving' until that
time. (And it's still the only backup plan!) Current Cryonics methods
may already be adequate to get a person safely into storage, so I think
it's worth a try! What do you have to lose?
The most common response I get
to the idea of Biostasis is: "Why do it?" People seem to think the idea (1) won't work or (2) is
Ok... if it doesn't work, so
what? You would be dead anyway! Religious beliefs of an afterlife
aside, you might as well try.
As far as the future being
undesirable,... why would it be? I see no reason why the (far) future won't be
better than now. An era of advanced Molecular Nanotechnology and Biostasis
recovery will surely never arrive without a stable and benevolent world.
If you are in Cryo and humanity never achieves that stable and benevolent
world, you'll never know the difference.
Recent advances in
science and medicine have started to dramatically accelerate the extension of
human life spans. As a result, there are
alive today who will reach immortality... alive!
But, as has
always been true, not everybody will benefit from advances. All each of us
can do is watch and wait for our chance... and I hope these thoughts I share
will help us both!