Nowadays, we are lucky enough to be able to discuss topics like life extension or even human immortality. We may not have the full picture about life extension and we certainly don’t have all the answers at the moment, but maybe we’ll be one of the lucky few who will wake up again in 100 years and realize that not only did we not lose by taking a risk but we benefited enormously from trusting the assumptions of today’s science.
We often take risks without even realizing it, and when we decide not to take risks, we risk losing opportunities. You have to admit, it is hard to believe that something is impossible in this day and age. So if there is the smallest chance that cryopreservation could work, then wouldn’t it be an even greater risk for humanity not to try?
In Wait But Why, Tim Urban opens up the debate on opportunity and risk with a story in which he asks you to imagine that you are on a plane that is about to crash. Just when you think there is no chance of survival, you realize that the plane is carrying enough parachutes for every passenger. The only problem is that these parachutes have not yet been tested and, therefore, nobody can give you any guarantee that they will work.
What would you do?