[extropy-chat] WSJ: A Cold Calculus Leads Cryonauts To Put Assets on Ice

Joseph Bloch transhumanist at goldenfuture.net
Tue Jan 24 02:46:40 UTC 2006

Apologies... looking over at my bookcase, I notice it's "Halperin", not 

Definitely worth the read (his other book "The Truth Machine" is nice, 
but not as interesting, I think, as "The First Immortal").


Joseph Bloch wrote:

> I've seriously considered doing something similar for myself (inspired 
> by James L. Halpren's book "The First Immortal").
> Granted that the universe of those signed up for cryonics is 
> incredibly small, and a stark minority even among Transhumanists, I 
> cannot help but wonder if there isn't some sort of business 
> opportunity for a company to sell such financial management services 
> as a trust, with all the funds being pooled and then doled out 
> proportionally. My knowledge of such matters (both financial and 
> legal) is small, but I would think it would be doable, if only there 
> were a large enough pool of interested parties and funds to make it work.
> From this article, it seems that there might be...
> Joseph
> Amara Graps wrote:
>> The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about a trust fund,
>> collected by oneself, after one is reanimated from cryonics suspension.
>> http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB113780314900652582-3NZCCoZBW7UHDmouEOrkzkalkfY_20060129.html?mod=blogs 
>> A Cold Calculus Leads Cryonauts To Put Assets on Ice
>> With Bodies Frozen, They Hope to Return Richer;
>> Dr. Thorp Is Buying Long
>> Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
>> January 21, 2006; Page A1
>> You can't take it with you. So Arizona resort operator David Pizer has
>> a plan to come back and get it.
>> Like some 1,000 other members of the "cryonics" movement, Mr. Pizer
>> has made arrangements to have his body frozen in liquid nitrogen as
>> soon as possible after he dies. In this way, Mr. Pizer, a heavy-set,
>> philosophical man who is 64 years old, hopes to be revived sometime in
>> the future when medicine has advanced far beyond where it stands
>> today.
>> And because Mr. Pizer doesn't wish to return a pauper, he's taken an
>> additional step: He's left his money to himself.
>> (see the article for the rest)
>> Amara
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