Re: cryonics risk/payoff matrix

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue May 08 2001 - 22:47:53 MDT

Ralph Lewis wrote:
> Max, my concern is that I understand the members do the procedure. I am REALLY
> squeamish, I would prefer experts do it with my doctor in attendance to
> assist them.
> What is the cost today? Could your house be used to pay for the procedure
> and up keep? Could you preselect a body to be cloned to be transferred to
> when you wake up?

Ralph, if you wake up after being frozen, it's because SIAI succeeded
bigtime. *If* you want a body post-Singularity, you can pick one out
after you wake up, and I see no good reason why you would want one with
modern DNA.

Even if this isn't so, I don't see why anyone would want to be reanimated
by a human team, especially if you could wait a couple of years and have a
really high-res reanimation done by a superintelligence. (Remember, you
can only be reanimated once - any information lost is lost forever.) The
only thing I could see changing this logic would be if vitrification
protocols and the legal environment advance to the point where you could
freeze and revive a *healthy* human without any damage at all - in which
case cryo really would be a temporal transport method, in fee simple, for
cancer patients and such, or even people who are too far behind on the
organ transplant lists. But the damage done by present-day freezing is
such that you really want an SI doing the information readout.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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