Talking about the future after revival from biostasis is always a speculative endeavor. Many smart people in the past have tried to predict the future - almost all of them missed the mark by a long shot. Yet, there is one thing that doesn’t change so easily: human nature.
We are confident in saying that cultures and social structures will still be present in the future, although it might take a different form than the one you are used to. You might not immediately feel comfortable in this new environment and uneducated on many things. In fact your pet that was cryopreserved next to you might have an easier time fitting in. It’s time to reintegrate you into this new society!
The term “reintegration” assumes that you aren’t currently integrated in whatever culture you find yourself in. You might ask yourself: “Why do I need to be reintegrated? I can blend in easily!” Looking towards the future, you’ll most likely find it difficult to adapt in the beginning. For one, your knowledge of the current world will be outdated. Compare a geographical map of any time in history to one that is 100 years older. You will most certainly be looking at two vastly different geopolitical layouts. Not just countries, but also technology, medicine, and culture will have changed drastically by the time you’ll be revived.
A multitude of important events will have happened and influential people will have been born since your cryopreservation. That might have had a major impact on the world that every (integrated) living person of this time knows about. Compare this to how many elderly people struggle with adapting to new technology and understanding youth culture today, and it’s easy to see why you might feel out of the loop immediately after revival. Educating yourself on new trends is important to fit in in a future society and find a job (if regular jobs even still exist).
Reintegration also takes an important role in supporting one's psychological well-being. The flood of new information may be overwhelming at first. Being left to your own devices to soak it all up could easily prove mentally exhausting without external support. Emotional support is one of the reasons why people choose to cryopreserve their pets. Waking up with your life-long friend by your side can do wonders for your mental health. They might not have to be reintegrated the same way you do, but they would certainly aid in providing mental stability in this new chapter of your life.
A question you might ask yourself is: “Why would the people of future societies be interested in reintegrating us?” There are multiple possible reasons for that:
It is likely there will be structures or methods in place for this to happen as smoothly as possible. Let’s take a look at some ways you might be reintegrated in the future.
Love them or hate them - schools are an integral part of modern education. Most of us have our knowledge about history, economics, culture, and so on from school. And we might be going back to it after our future revival. Classes could be focusing on technological advancements, medical breakthroughs and even pop-culture to bring you up-to-date with the times.
Of course these classes would likely only teach you the most important things, and you are free to explore the details of each subject in your own free time. We recon you’ll have a lot of it.
That being said, schools might look entirely different in the future, or have been made obsolete entirely by a more efficient form of learning. Whatever it may be, we are fairly certain you won’t have to endure the sight of blackboards like these anymore:
Libraries and museums have long been sources for information, and we would be surprised if they ceased to be that in the future.
Libraries are already adapting to modern technology today, often granting internet access on top of the vast knowledge stored inside the books they stock. It is therefore only logical to assume that new technology that aids with personal education will once again be found in these environments.
In that vein museums can act as a collection of past knowledge the same way they do today. Who knows, there might even be some specifically built for educating people revived from cryopreservation.
Now, it’s time to open up our minds for speculation. Around 1900 no one could have predicted the communication and connection revolution the internet would bring less than a century later. Who knows what kind of technology we’ll have in our hands in another hundred years.
Personal AI assistants could help us with day to day tasks, that could include gathering and processing knowledge. AI could engage in conversation with us, talking about topics it knows we’d find interesting.
Possibly humanity will finally figure out how to not just process, but also gather new information during sleep. Have you ever wanted to read a scientific book, but given up after just a few sentences? Transhumanism could have the potential to feed us this information during a good night’s rest via a brain chip or similar tech.
If there’s a concept for it today, there’s a decent chance it will have been made into an actual invention one day in the future.
It will certainly take time to adapt to this new environment, but we all managed to get a general understanding of the world once before, so we can do it again. Cryonics members, relatives or volunteers, will certainly have an interest in helping you with that. Even if it might feel overwhelming at first, a friendly face like friends, family or your pet might accompany you if they were cryopreserved as well. If you found yourself in this scenario, how would you prefer to be reintegrated? Would you rather attend classes that compile all the most important information, or educate yourself by visiting libraries or museums? Are you, perchance, hoping that future technology will be advanced enough so no study period is necessary, and you’ll have all the knowledge you need readily available through an advanced AI or brain chip?
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