Dying Better - Cryonics

Grant Sparks (grant@sparks.to)
Sat, 2 May 1998 08:15:50 +1000

Another thing that I am wondering is if cryonics patients are wealthy ? Is
there any data on this that can be released without jeopardizing doctor-patient
confidentiality (which I believe should apply)

If it turns out that the average cryonics patient could actually afford to pay a
lot more, here is a strategy that might allow capitalism to give us a helping

1) Instead of $100k for suspension, we make the client pay $1M.
2) Where possible, 9 other people who have medical similarities to the client
but cannot afford suspension will be offered cryonic suspension for free.

Done properly, we'd pick 9 people who die before the client and are suspended.
Similarly when the day comes to re-animate we'd do it by FIFO. You can see the
obvious commercial appeal of this to the client who put up the $1M as he can be
sure that the procedure is being done in the best possible way in both
directions ! Similarities in medical condition + storage technique gives our
paying customer an edge.

For every 100 rich dudes who got suspended, the cryonics industry would freeze
1000 people. This would lead to much more rapid advancement in the field as I
think one of the biggest things holding it back at the moment is the lack of
numbers. As a marketing idea it is very powerful but caution should be taken.
Lets not have images of a cryonicist walking through a public hospital calling
for poor volunteers with liver damage !

Would a company that offered this service actually attract *more* clients
because of the more personal guarantee that they provide to the people who put
up the money ?

As for the volunteers who get it for nothing, well, TANSTAAFL !!

Grant Sparks