Medical Time Travel
Wowk (Brian)
Source: More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Part V - Chapter 22
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Editors’ Abstract1

  1. While the transhumanist2 goal of defeating the inevitability of death is clear, the time it might take to achieve it is not. Even if the radical extension of human life spans is achievable, it may come too late for many or all of us now living. Is there a plausible solution - a way to bridge the gap?
  2. Today, when a person collapses with a life-threatening condition, we transport them in an emergency vehicle across space to a location where more advanced medical technology is available. The future will be a place of far more advanced medical technology than today. Just as today’s medicine can save and even revive those who would once have been considered dead, future medical capabilities might revive and repair todays fatal conditions. If only we could have an ambulance ride through time to those advanced capabilities.
  3. Medical physicist and cryobiologist Brian Wowk argues in his "Medical Time Travel3" that this may indeed be possible. Today’s practice of cryopreservation (or "cryonics") involves preserving people immediately after declaration of legal death then maintaining them in an unchanging state for as long as it will take to deliver them into a future able to repair biological damage and revive them.
  4. Although legally and clinically dead, the people undergoing this "medical time travel4" are (under good conditions) in essentially the same condition as patients undergoing open heart surgery. They are not dead in any final sense.

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Footnote 1: Taken from "More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) - Transhumanism: Engines of Life: Identity and Beyond Death - Introduction".

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