Here’s a new offer from a company in Russia that you might be interested in if you’re approaching the later stages of life. And it’s one that brings up all sorts of questions about morality, technology and the fundamental nature of the human soul. The firm is named KrioRus, and for a fee, that will take you or your loved one after you pass away and freeze your brain (or even your entire body) and preserve it, with a mind toward reviving you when the technology catches up sufficiently. (Reuters)
When Alexei Voronenkov’s 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life.
It is one of 71 brains and human cadavers – which Russian company KrioRus calls its “patients” – floating in liquid nitrogen in one of several metres-tall vats in a corrugated metal shed outside Moscow.
They are stored at -196 degrees Celsius (-320.8°F) with the aim of protecting them against deterioration, although there is currently no evidence science will be able to revive the dead.
You can read about all of KrioRus’ offerings on their website. (You’ll probably want your browser to translate that for you if you’re not fluent in Russian.) If you want to try this it’s going to set you back $36,000 for a whole body or $15,000 for the brain alone. Those prices are for Russian citizens, however. There’s an added fee if you’re from another country.