Last month I had the privilege of visiting Max More at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. Alcor is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 and located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the world leader in cryonics, cryonics research, and cryonics technology. [Cryonics is the science of using ultra-cold temperature to preserve human life with the intent of restoring good health when technology becomes available to do so.]
During our visit CEO Dr. More walked us through the Alcor facilities as well as the process starting after clinical death is proclaimed, through the cooling of the body and its vitrification, and ending in long term storage.
My selfish reason for visiting was making sure that my big bald head fits well in the neuro-patient’s storage containers. Thus I was happy that Max explained the differences between neuro and whole body preservation and showed us the cryo-tanks where 117 patients are in long term storage.
I owe very special thanks to Richard and Tatiana Sundvall for producing this video because without them it would not have happened. I am also obliged to videographer Carl Geers not only for doing a great job behind the camera but also for putting up with my mercilessly caustic sense of humor for three long days.
After our video tour of Alcor CEO Max More was kind enough to take another 25 minutes and answer some questions. During our conversation with Max we discuss: general affordability and prices for Alcor; long-distance membership and why minimizing cooling delays is critical for optimum body preservation; preserving pets; chemical brain preservation; the importance of preserving the neuron’s micro-tubules; the potential for X-prize-type of a competition for minimizing tissue damage and improving preservation; the relationship between cryonics and transhumanism.
My favorite quote that I will take away from this interview with Max More is:
“Cryonics is critical care medicine taken to the next step.”
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Alcor is offering one year of Associate Membership to anyone who “Likes” these videos on YouTube or shares them on any social network. This does not guarantee that you will be cryopreserved should something unexpected and lethal happen to you, but does make it easier to make arrangements in an emergency.
For more information see: http://www.alcor.org/BecomeMember/associate.html. Just contact Diane Cremeens at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention “SingularityWeblogBonus” to receive your free Associate Membership.
[Offer valid till Dec 31, 2013]