Even the co-founders are in doubt, but Australia’s first cryonics facility is set to open next year, introducing the possibility of humans being frozen after death for preservation.
Southern Cryonics director Peter Tsolakides spoke on 2GB on Wednesday to discuss the Southern Cryonics facility in Holbrook between Sydney and Melbourne, which is expected to open in 2022.
There are reportedly 32 Australians who have signed up for the service at a cost of $ 50,000 each, ranging in age from people in their 30s to 80s.
Cryonics is a technique for deep-freezing human bodies that have just died, in the hope that scientific advances can enable them to be revived in the future.
No human has ever been frozen and brought back to life, but there has been some success with the thawing of old Russian roundworms.
Sir. Tsolakides said Southern Cryonics required three equipment for its project: cryostats (equivalent to a vacuum flask) for storing humans, cooling boxes (where a body is placed to slowly bring their temperature down to liquid nitrogen) and a tank for liquid nitrogen.
He made it clear in an interview with Ben Fordham that the facility did not have the technology to bring people back to life.
Scientists have stated that human bodies cannot be preserved because of their complex molecular structure.
But Mr Tsolakides said members of the Southern Cryonics Foundation could be “suspended” when they died.
Most have signed up out of curiosity and as a gamble that if and when scientific developments allow people to be thawed, their bodies will be there and ready.
“The technology of freezing people, let’s call it ‘suspend’ them, because it is far below freezing temperatures, but it is reasonably known to suspend them,” Mr Tsolakides said.
“However, the technology to bring people back is for the future. I want to make it very clear there are no guarantees.
“The idea is that there is some possibility, it can be 10 percent or 50 percent.
Cryonics has been around for about 50 years, and it’s not for everyone; usually the people who are interested in this are very optimistic people and they are people with an interest in science or technology. ”