[extropy-chat] Cryonics and uploading

Joseph Bloch transhumanist at goldenfuture.net
Thu Jan 26 01:51:58 UTC 2006

There was nothing like that in my Alcor paperwork.


Russell Wallace wrote:

> Do current cryonics providers have a section on their consent form 
> that asks whether you want:
> a) To be uploaded as soon as the technology becomes available for it 
> (cryonics patients are the obvious first candidates for destructive 
> scan uploading, likely to be the first feasible type).
> b) To be kept on ice until the technology advances to the point of 
> allowing thawing out and biological revival (perhaps with the option 
> of later uploading) (which might be years to decades later).
> If not, is there enough difference among people signed up for cryonics 
> to merit such? I ask because it occurs to me that there is a split in 
> general between people who subscribe to the _pattern_ view of identity 
> (in which destructive scan uploading from a frozen state is fine) and 
> those who subscribe to the _thread_ view of identity (in which 
> historical continuity is important, so they'd rather wait for gradual 
> uploading to be available); if that split also exists among cryonics 
> patients, it might be worth making sure your position on the matter is 
> written down somewhere before you go into the dewar.
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