[ExI] Cryosecurity -- considering all post-preservation scenarios

Will Steinberg steinberg.will at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 22:41:38 UTC 2018

On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 11:25 AM John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 15, 2018 at 7:38 PM Will Steinberg <steinberg.will at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > *I worry that a malicious stranger could steal your body, and then you
>> would wake up being or enslaved, or submitted to the nightmarish whims of
>> some madman.*
> He would have to be very mad indeed to think that in a age of full Drexler
> style Nanotechnology he couldn't make far better slaves from scratch and do
> so far easier than repairing a imperfectly frozen brain from the previous
> century. If anybody bothers to awaken us it must be because of benevolence
> because we just couldn't give them any added value, except perhaps for
> nostalgia and the satisfaction of doing the right thing.
>  John K Clark

I think you may underestimate the malevolence of some people.

The kind of person who *enjoys* having slaves could certainly be the same
kind of person that would enjoy the extra cruelty that a person who didn't
anticipate waking up in that state would endure.

I do agree though that it in the scenario you talk about, it would probably
be rather rare.

But I imagine there may be a significant period of time where we have the
scientific understanding to be able to preserve people with the ability to
resuscitate their body, but not enough of an understanding of the
underlying logic of the human brain to recreate their mind.

It is also likely (and already is the case) that those who are among the
first to be cryopreserved also tend to be very intelligent scientific
experts.  If you were, for example, a foreign country looking to steal
state-secret technology/strategy could steal the body (or mind) of some
thought leader.

I am also not necessarily implying that this theft happens an entire
century previous.  You could get frozen on January 1 2032, and stolen +
resuscitated on February 1.  I only mean to allude to how the risk people
take with cryopreservation may be deeper than thought, given that the
perceived worst outcome is death when, really, there are scenarios that
most people would consider which are equally as bad as, or worse than,
death itself.
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