Cryonics is the speculative practice of preserving and storing recently dead bodies at very low temperatures, in the hopes we may one day be able to bring them back to life.
Crucially, the technology to execute that final step, reanimation, doesn't exist. At least not yet. Individuals who sign up to a Cryonics service today are betting on people of the future to solve that particular problem.
Despite these scientific roadblocks, the concept of cryogenic preservation has certainly captured our imaginations with references littering pop culture — from rumours about Walt Disney Head, to characters like Austin Powers and Futurama's Fry.
So, what attracts us to the idea of living into the future? And what is the technology that could possibly get us there?
Today on the show, we speak to two guests to explore the past and future of Cryonics — from its origins in 1970s California to today, and a possible tomorrow.
First, I speak with Haley Campbell is a journalist about her visit to The Cryonics Institute, a facility founded by the the “Father of Cryonics” Robert Ettinger, whilst reporting her latest book.
Then, I am joined by Tim Gibson from Cryonics UK. He will walk us through how they actually conduct procedures, how much services cost, and the legal status of cryonics.
This episode was produced by Emily Whalley
The senior producer is Charlotte Long
Edited and mixed by Emily Whalley and Pete Dennis