Natasha Vita More (
Tue, 31 Mar 1998 20:23:26 -0600

For Direct Distribution to Members of the Extropy Institute:

From: Fred Chamberlain, Pres/CEO Alcor

Re: Alcor Conference 3-5 April, 1998 in Phoenix, AZ

*** Just Confirmed! Max More, President of the Extropy Institute, will be

participating in two key panels at the conference.

In the first panel, to be chaired by Marvin Minsky at the Saturday Evening

Banquet ("What's in it for me?") the basic question is, "Why should *you*

want to be there in the future, both near term and indefinitely thereafter?"

The next morning, Max will be one of the panelists in a session led by James

Halperin on "Identity and Reanimation" ***

Below you will find registration information and an updated schedule. This

Conference is almost certain *not* to remain an annual event. This might be

your last chance to attend a large scale, national cryonics conference

before the year 2000 or 2001.

Extensive details are on Alcor's website, at (just

click on "Conference"). The info below is updated as of 3/19/98, and is the

most reliable data on the program and how to register.

(Registration Info):

Regular Rate - $149 (applies to all registrations, but space is not

guaranteed at the sessions or banquet if you register after March 30, 1998

or at the door. - in case of limited seating capacity, those who registered

earlier will have higher priority.) Register by phone: (800)367-2228; Ask

for Joe Hovey. Visa or MasterCard accepted. Full package includes all

presentations and materials, Saturday luncheon and Saturday evening banquet.

Lodging: $99/night, single or double room. Conference Hotel is the Holiday

Inn Select near Phoenix, AZ's Sky Harbor Airport (24 hour complimentary

shuttle available.) Call 602-273-7778 for reservations. Mention that you

are attending conference code "ALC". For additional information on lodging,

contact the Chamber of Commerce in Scottsdale at (800)877-1117 or in Phoenix

at (602)254-5521.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 3, 1998

7:00-10:00 p.m. Welcome: Registration, Reception

Saturday, April 4, 1998

9:00-9:15 a.m. Fred Chamberlain - Introduction

9:15-10:15 a.m. Greg Fahy - "cryopreservation of Complex Systems"

10:15-10:30 a.m. BREAK

10:30-11:30 a.m. Mike Darwin - "Newly Developed and Emerging

Technologies for Human cryopreservation"

11:30-1:30 p.m. Luncheon (provided)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Brian Wowk - Toward Human Vitrification

2:30-3:30 p.m. Fred & Linda Chamberlain - "Cryonics Rescue Systems"

3:30-3:45 p.m. BREAK

3:45-4:45 p.m. Ralph Merkle - "Nanotechnology and Cryonics: An Update"

4:45-5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion - Cryonics Service Companies - Fred

Chamberlain - other panelists include Brian Wowk, Linda Chamberlain, and

Bruce Cohen

5:30-700 p.m. Break

7:00-7:30 p.m. Reception; no host bar

7:30-11:00 p.m. Banquet

8:30-11:00 p.m. Panel: "What's in It for Me?" - Marvin Minsky - Other

Panelists include Ralph Merkle, Greg Fahy, Max More, and (possibly) James


Sunday, April 5, 1998


8:45-9:30 am Bus to Alcor Facility

9:30-11:15 am Alcor Tour and Sign-up Party

11:15-11:45 am Bus returns to Conference Site


9:30-11:45 Panel: Identity and Reanimation - James Halperin - other

panelists include Max More, Linda Chamberlain and (possibly) Marvin Minsky.

11:45 am-1:30 p.m. Lunch (not provided)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Alan Stoner, Mark Thompson and Dave Hill - "Smith Barney's

Cryonics Wealth Preservation Programs"

2:30-3:30pm James Halperin - "Get Ready for a Century of Ever-Accelerating


3:30-3:45 p.m. BREAK

3:45-4:15 p.m. Michael Cloud - "How to Infectiously Communicate Cryonics Ideas"

4:15-4:45 p.m. Dave Pizer - "A Retirement Community and Safe Storage"

4:45-5:30 p.m. Robert Ettinger - "Whence & Whither?"

5:30-5:540 p.m. Linda Chamberlain - Closing Comments

Below you'll find a reprint of email which just went out to CryoNet, Alcor

Life Members, key participants, and others who would want to be kept up to

date on the Alcor Conference.

Fred Chamberlain, Pres/CEO Alcor

***** reprint of CryoNet posting *****

From: Fred Chamberlain (

Re: Alcor Conference - Why You Should Be There!

Date: 3/18/98

Many cryonicists have told me (and I understand) that due to the meager time

left and other commitments, they cannot attend. They all say:

"I'll be there next year!"

To repeat, I understand! I wish we could have had the information to you

earlier, but there are still reasons to consider attending!


(1) The speakers and panel leaders for this year are pretty awesome, and we

can't hope to have a program like this on an annual basis. Marvin Minsky

and James Halperin, for example, are both wedging us onto their calendars

this year. This is a "four leaf clover" level of luck for us. On the "five

leaf clover" level, Greg Fahy is speaking, as well as key investigators from

21st Century Medicine, Inc. Their work over the last 3-5 years represents

profound innovation in resuscitation technologies and new cryobiological

approaches. Professionals from a major investment firm (Smith Barney) will

be talking about financing cryonics and preserving wealth. Full information

is out, in hard copy and on the web. I don't have to repeat it for you here.


(2) This year's conference would be a hard act to follow. The next year

will see the startup of a major cryonics service corporation, BioTransport,

Inc. A major push will take place to carry research into general

availability for cryonics suspensions. Research will continue at a high

pace, by 21st Century Medicine, Inc. Another conference next year would be

unrealistic! You may expect 2-3 year intervals, for the near term.


(3) In some cases, we could not confirm key speakers until weeks ago. This

highlights the difficulties of organizing an annual, national level cryonics

conference. It also points out the difficulties of attendees planning ahead

for it. Because of the short notice given, we are holding conference

registration fees at regular rate, but there is a catch: we must base the

size of room we get on the number of attendees we predict. The same goes

for banquet seating. In case of seating limitations, those who register

earlier will have higher priority.


One speaker slot has opened up. Rather than fill this time with an

alternate presentation (there are plenty of backup speakers) we are

organizing a panel discussion on "rescue services" organizations. You will

have heard one talk on BioTransport, Inc., a new corporation which is

negotiating with both Alcor and CryoCare, but there is the longer term to

consider, as well as what tradeoffs there might be over the next few years.

***** Is a Six Phase Development Plan Best? *****

BioTransport proposes to first deliver services in the area of (1) training,

(2) logistics of medications and equipment, and (3) internet based advisory

services for field linkage to research center professionals. Then it

proposes to move into furnishing (4) field coordinators, (5) complete teams,

and finally (6) complete contractual patient care from standby through

cooldown. Is this the best course of development?

***** What About Alternative Technologies? *****

As vitrification becomes practical (although probably more expensive), what

other options should be under development for more affordability? How much

research priority should be given to the development of these options? How

important will rescue be, under various scenarios? If a point is reached

where cryonics becomes "popular", how can the enigmas of high cost and wide

public demand be resolved?

***** How About Competition As An Important Safeguard? *****

In any important service area, lack of competition can lead to complacency

and (worse) loss of service in the event of a single company's failure. On

the other hand, too much competition, too soon, causes a shift of resources

into marketing and away from actual service delivery. As cryonics grows,

how can these opposing priorities be balanced? Should regional centers be

"spun off" as separate, autonomous service providers, operating under the

quality agreements of a professional association to which they all

subscribe? How can reliability, affordability, quality and high ethical

standards best be maintained in a competitive context? How are all of these

questions affected by the fact that cryonics is, as yet, an "unproven"

procedure in any case?

***** Other Obvious Questions *****

We might also ask: "What are the consequences, if we assume that "these

"things will take care of themselves"? or "Why haven't we asked these

questions *earlier*?" Readers of CryoNet, perhaps can suggest many other

questions related to service provider development, in the next week or so,

but clearly, the best way to get these questions answered is to come to the

conference and ask them yourselves!


Many of you have made arrangements for suspension, and are trusting in your

organizations to be there when you need them, to suspend you, to keep you

safe for decades and then "get you back if possible" at the other end. This

is a complicated chain of events you have set in motion, and it is not

inexpensive. You have made a large commitment to be part of the world of

the future, and what you have working for you, basically, is the entire

"community" of all existing cryonics organizations.

This conference will lead to mindsets and goals which affect your survival.

Not *all* of you can be there, but those of you who can be, *should* be!

Here's what's necessary:

(1) Call Joe Hovey (Alcor) to register, at (800)367-2228.

(2) Call the hotel to reserve a room, code "ALC", at (602)273-7778.

(3) Call an airline and make a reservation, or gas up your car!

(4) One way or another, *be* there! (Your life is at stake!)

Fred Chamberlain, President/CEO (

Alcor Life Extension Foundation

Non-profit; Cryonic Suspension Memberships since 1972.

400+ Members, 35 in suspension as of March, 1998

7895 E. Acoma Dr., Suite 110, Scottsdale AZ 85260-6916

Phone (602) 922-9013 (800) 367-2228 FAX (602) 922-9027 for general requests

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