What does a dragon need gold for? They live in caves for free and eat cattle they don’t buy. A dragon needs its treasure hoard as much as a corpse needs its life savings, and yet…
… some big shots are hoping to cryogenically freeze themselves to not only achieve immortality, but wake up wealthy, per a fascinating report from Mother Jones.
What exactly happens when you’re frozen?
- Blood is swapped for a chemical that preserves organs.
- The corpse is injected with what’s essentially antifreeze.
- The body is cooled to -321 degrees Fahrenheit and stored in a tank — called a “Dewar” — full of liquid nitrogen, where it’ll remain until science finds a way to revive it.
This costs $200k+ for the whole body or $80k for just the brain — so, needless to say, they were probably rich in life…
… and probably want to be rich again
In the US, people must name a beneficiary and most states cap trusts at 90 years. For people who die normally, that’s not a problem. For people who expect to be revived in a century or two, it’s a concern. So:
- Some lobbyists are trying to extend how long a trust can last.
- Attorney Mark House told Mother Jones that he’s created ~100 “cryonic suspension trusts” since working on the estate of a frozen client a decade ago.
- One expert said they’d seen cryonics trusts that consider the rights of a bionic person containing a digital copy of someone’s mind — a la sci-fi series Altered Carbon.
Does it even matter, though?
In 1967, James Bedford, a 73-year-old man with terminal cancer, became the first person to be cryogenically frozen. He’s still frozen, currently at Alcor.
In fact, no one who’s been frozen has been successfully revived; scientists don’t know how, and many think they never will.
So all that money? It might be totally worthless, in pursuit of a fantasy about as real as a dragon.