It’s hard to believe just how many new technologies have impacted our lives in just the last century. In 1903, the Wright Brothers successfully flew in the first motorized airplane. In 1921, Sir Frederick G Banting, Charles H Best and JJR Macleod discovered insulin, and in 1973, the first cell phone was invented.
Although this is just a fraction of past innovations, it would be hard to predict just how impactful these technological and medical advancements would be in later decades. Now, we can travel from one side of the world to another by air. People with chronic diseases can continue to live longer lives with life-saving medicines. With a swipe of a finger and tap, we can instantly communicate with one another, listen to music or read interesting articles on cryonics from the comfort of our phones.
With ever growing medical and technological developments, it’s hard not to see just how advancements in technology have already improved our lives. But how can we continue to further this?
The overall goal of cryonics is to effectively ‘pause’ the process of death through cryopreservation and vitrification. By delaying this process indefinitely, cryonics provides time for medical technologies to continue to develop new procedures and innovations to help save lives.
For cryonics patients, cryopreservation will allow them the benefit to experience new future technologies and innovations when they are eventually revived. Longevity research is helping us understand how the body ages. Hopefully, in the coming decades, this research will manage to prevent and reverse age-related illnesses. Thanks to cryonics, we may benefit from these advancements, even if only after our first lifetime.
But what sort of technologies or medical advancements could we expect in the future? And how would cryonics patients benefit from them? While we can’t guess with 100% certainty, we can speculate based on ongoing trends.
As someone who’s opted for cryopreservation, you’ll experience the benefits of such new tech.
But what could this new tech look like?
When you are eventually revived, longevity research will probably have advanced enough that medical professionals can reverse the aging process, as well as cure and repair damage to your body by most diseases or injuries. But what sort of technology will this entail? Brand new technologies that we have yet to even conceive?
University of Oslo philosopher Ole Martin Moen doesn’t think so. In fact, he speculated in 2015 future revival may not necessarily need to rely on brand new technology, but rather refine and merge current existing technologies. Some of these technologies include nanotechnology, cryobots, and artificial intelligence.
While precise anti-aging and revival technologies are still a ways off, there have been discussions about potential options. We’ve discussed that there are currently 3 potential possibilities for revival:
But how could these technologies work for anti-aging and revival?
Let’s look at in situ repair. This process would involve creating a methodology for repairing tissue throughout the body. What this means is that tissue that can be restored to a state where it can mend and sustain itself, would be repaired. But how could something like this be achieved as a potential method for revival? One existing technology that could be utilized is nanotechnologies.
Nanotechnology is a subset of nanoscience which aims to design, synthesize, characterize, and apply materials and devices that are on the nanometer scale. A subdiscipline that is already attempting to address how medical professionals can benefit from nanotechnology: nanomedicine.
According to this revival scenario, it would involve nanorobots to help facilitate in situ repairs and the revival process. How would this be achieved? The cryobots would need to enter cryopreserved tissue and ‘tunnel’ throughout the circulatory system to operate at cryogenic temperatures. This, however, would be dependent on the development of cryobots.
Now, that’s just one set of technologies you could possibly encounter during the revival process. But for nanotechnologies, specifically Molecular Nanotechnology, it has the potential to assist in treating diseases.
With such technology, once harnessed effectively, it could have the potential to treat currently incurable diseases and save more lives. Humanity would have the potential to surpass physical limitations through the aid of these new technologies and science.
But what other technologies could we see in the possible future?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is presently changing aspects of the healthcare industry. From how medical professionals are trained, to improving patient care and treatment of diseases, AI will very likely play an important role in future technologies. While there are still challenges AI faces currently, it is possible that this technology will be refined and advanced in the future so that they can overcome these issues.
But there are other sectors that may, and currently do, benefit from AI technology.
Anyone who works in any sort of business uses, on some level, AI technology. Process automation, for example, helps businesses gather data from emails and call centers into records systems to update customer information. If AI technology continues to become the norm in businesses, does this mean that you may have more free time in the future? Will work be left to machines while you get to enjoy life?
But that’s not all future AI technology could potentially do for your benefit. AI technologies could help humanity achieve Sustainable Superabundance, or a future where we have more than enough of everything. To reach this future, humanity will need to address and overcome several key spheres. One of these spheres is intelligence. With the potential of abundant AI technology, it can help solve mind-wracking questions, while giving ourselves the opportunity to maximize mind enhancing activities such as meditation education and culture.
Medical technology and human enhancement, while it may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi novel, is something we can see in our lives now. Hard of hearing? There is a human enhancement technology to assist with that: a cochlear implant. Anyone who suffered the loss of a limb can benefit from prosthetics to assist in living a normal life. As prosthetics and enhancements continue to advance, it may not be long before cybernetics becomes an option for patients.
But could these have the potential to make cybernetic immortality possible in the future?
The human body is composed of a series of systems such as the respiratory, circulatory, nervous etc. Together, these systems are able to function as one cohesive unit. Now, what if these same systems could be replicated with cybernetic technology? Perhaps a cybernetic muscular and circulatory system could make people faster or stronger. A cybernetic nervous system could increase our intelligence and brain capacity. Perhaps even our minds could be connected to an external computer that would control a robotic avatar. This could allow us to experience new worlds, or even planets that we may not be able to live on under normal circumstances. Imagine using a robotic avatar with your mind to explore planets like Mercury, or as far as the moons of Jupiter.
These technologies could be amplified in the future. Imagine if, when you are eventually revived at some point, you wake up not in the physical world, but rather a virtual world instead. What if you could download or upload your consciousness to the cloud and live a virtual, second life? This are potential possibilities.
With the aid of cryonics, innovations in the medical technologies will have the time necessary to advance to the point where revival may be possible. These are just some of the potential technologies you could benefit from in the future based on ongoing trends. Historically, technological developments have helped improve our lives. Cryonics has increased in the last few decades, providing a life-saving service for people who cannot be helped by current medical procedures. Our service gives the medical and technological sectors time to work towards new innovations to tackle the problems of today. Imagine what could be achieved in the next 100 years? Cures for currently incurable diseases? Cybernetic enhancement technologies? Who knows!
While we can’t predict when revival will occur, when it does, you will have the chance to benefit from these new developments. If you want the opportunity to experience all the new possible technologies of the future, then cryonics is, for now, the only possible way to do so.
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