That’s the logical conclusion of the most extreme adherents to the anti-aging “life extension and longevity science” movement. They even go so far as to recommend that terminally ill people use cryonics (freezing the brain) to preserve their body in the hopes that future medical breakthroughs will be able to cure their ills (as well as resurrect their dead, frozen brains and do who knows what with them).
The leading “life extension” blog Fight Aging! sums up the legal and economic barriers to freezing yourself (especially the legal barriers to freezing yourself before you die — i.e. committing SUICIDE). My sarcastic asides in italics.
The economics of being effectively dead are fairly dire. There are no successful examples of people managing long-term direction of their finances when they are personally removed from the picture – the incentives of all other parties are lined up against you.
Don’t expect your savings account to be intact when you get resurrected!
The present legalities of death and personal autonomy are not what they might be, and the cryonics industry is consequently very interested in the right to self-determination.
Suicide is illegal in most places. Just ask Dr. Kevorkian.
Similarly, your relatives are often your worst enemies when it comes to a good cryopreservation. Whatever they say to your face, if their incentives do not align with yours, then they will fight to claim the funds that would have preserved you and cheerfully consign you to the grave and certain oblivion. In this they are supported by law and a legal system that will frequently prioritize their unreasonable claims over the contracts you thoughtfully signed.
Thank god for a legal system that unreasonably prioritizes the living over the dead.
Frequent readers of ChangingAging know we enjoy trolling the web to mock, ridicule and pity the worst of the “Anti-Aging” universe. Tell us what you think below — are we really on the verge of discovering the fountain of youth? Would you freeze your brain in the hopes that some day we will?