One of the most stirring thoughts for any cryonics fan is imaging life after revival. It makes the difference between true believers in Cryonics and everybody else. Those who believe in the promised resurrection from cryopreservation can imagine and dream of a life after taking the chance on science. In this article, we dream together of that first day after revival and what it might look like.
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
Everyone who goes and signs a contract with a Cryonics service provider feels deep inside that this is for real; it can happen; science is getting closer to sealing the technological gap for a safe revival and eliminating causes of death. They all share one big dream of living beyond clinical death; they must all share a picture of that potential life and what it could be.
The last thing cryopreserved people might be able to remember would be the last day of their first life, on the hospital bed, knowing that their clinical death from their terminal disease is inevitable. They have spent the last couple of days with their beloved ones. The pain is becoming unbearable, and they know their moment is getting sooner; they confirmed the cryopreservation logistics. They were almost ready to go until the coma attacked, and they went into one long deep sleep.
Bringing You Back To Life
Shift forward. One hundred years in the future it is.
Your body has been finally transferred to the revival clinic, which has successfully managed to revive 120 patients in the past three months. Your cryopreservation company mutually funds the facility with a prominent research center since the multiple breakthroughs on revival were announced, and the local authorities ultimately approved the procedure.
The thawing process took itself several weeks. First, Nanorobots took over the whole slow process of nanowarming and repairing cellular damage, especially in your brain, which has undergone extensive stem-cell therapies to prevent terminal injuries to your memory centers.
The doctors have consulted many AI algorithms that suggested completely replacing some original organs with artificial organs, among which were your heart and kidney.
It was an intense phase in your last week of revival when the final revival step was initiated. In the reawakening procedure, your new heart organ prompts your brain and lungs to retrieve a normal circulatory and respiratory brain function in order to trigger the miracle of restoring your consciousness.
Some patients took weeks to reawaken; some took months, some are still in an everlasting coma; for you, it has been ten days now, doctors have done everything, what is left now is to wait and hope.
Eyes Wide Open Again
It was so bright, your very first sight in the room. You could not let much light pass into your eyes. Feeling very dizzy for a couple of minutes, until the alarm sound coming from that machine beside you becomes too noticeable and unbearable. You are breathing too slowly through the tubes and masks installed on your face. A few minutes later, you try to open your eyes again, and there stands a small group of people. You first recognize the guy in the white coat, a doctor, apparently, saying something you can hardly apprehend.
It took maybe an hour or two until they decided to take the attached tubes from you, set you upright, and your eyes got adjusted to the lights and images around you. Finally, you are awake and breathing.
It was a big celebration in the room. Among the people who showed up in the first couple of hours were the medical team, a representative from the cryopreservation company, a fellow revived patient, and someone who introduced themselves as a family member.
In fact, you had many first days of revival. That day was only your reawakening day. A few months later, you didn’t remember much of it anymore apart from a couple of hours of feeling dizzy and up then going to sleep cycles over and over for days under intensive medical attention.
The way you see it, you had about three new rebirth days, the day you started walking again, the day you remembered your granddaughter’s name, and the day you got your life back.
The Body Revival Program
The body revival program is a standard medical procedure that every revived patient has to go through. Your full-grown body has been asleep for a very long time. So it needed to get accustomed to every essential function like a baby’s body learning how to be.
Your revived brain needed time to slowly learn to manage revived and transplanted organs independently without the need for the nanobots and the intensive care units. Breathing without assistance has been your most significant leap. Doctors observed other primary organs and vital functions closely until the report came one day that you could leave the intensive care station and start your Physical therapy.
The physical therapy took about a month; you have been doing so well, improving at promising rates, being able to move all your four limbs in a very satisfying way. Walking without the assisting robot was your last big challenge. It was your ticket from the clinic to the outside world.
On that morning, you were accompanied by the assisting robot, a nurse, and Jane, the revived patient number 119, who was your revival buddy. You were almost in front of the garden door when the nurse ordered the robot to release patient support. You stumbled for a couple of seconds, leaned on Jane, you grind hard your teeth, and your feet stood fest on the ground. You were walking again, for the first time in a century.
The Memory Revival Program
Few revived patients have struggled to gain mental and psychological balance after reawakening, especially those who have exceeded 50 years of cryopreservation.
The revival of memory and personality is a complicated process biologically and psychologically. The clinic team focuses on it from the moment you retrieve your consciousness. Patients differ in how they react to their resurrection ranging from extreme panic cases to an ultimate psychological shutdown. Yours has been a seamless average one.
After a couple of days of dizziness and complete memory loss, you have started to become aware of what happened. It took a while until you managed to remember your name, but that was a great delight for the revival team, you might not have seen such a crowd happy for the slow pronunciation of your name since you were a baby, but that is what? Two hundred years ago, it seemed. But, no. When you were asked what you think it is, you thought you had gone sleeping maybe for a couple of long days, no more.
The program of reviving your memory has been designed carefully by the research team supervising the approved revival procedures. You have been gradually telling the story of what happened to you, which year it is, and the miracle behind your revival. Over weeks, you have been shown pictures, videos, and complete simulations from your first life. In an advanced phase, you entered a virtual reality simulation based on the media files attached to your cryopreservation profile.
In your case, unfortunately, your first death happened before the significant technological breakthrough in mind uploading. Otherwise, the whole process would have used the latest version from the nectome, and you would have been up and running after a 3 hours session.
Your memory recovery supervisor was disappointed with your slow progress until the committee managing your case decided to bring on the last resort in memory revival.
It was evening in the clinic. You have been playing some simple memory games on the AR lens device they gave you a couple of days ago. Suddenly, someone knocked on the door. First came your primary doctor for a quick checkup before telling you that someone was coming to visit. Then, a lady entered the door following the doctor’s sign. You directly recognized her from your reawakening day; she was standing there around your bed, but you couldn’t really see much of her face until she came closer to your bed.
You were gazing at her for moments that seemed like ages without saying a word; your heart was definitely beating faster than usual. It was not until she broke the silence. The moment she called your name, a torrent of images came down over your eyes, images from your past life, places you lived in, moments of happiness and sorrow, names of people you loved, and on top of them, a name you cherished the most, the name of your granddaughter.
True Story or Science Fiction?
There is a fine line between science fiction and reality—a line crossed by the imagination of visionaries who put science in the service of people’s dreams. Every bit of this story, we have just told, has been to some extent based on ongoing research and technological speculations.
Defeating death and reviving cryopreserved people is becoming a topic in a lab more than in a cinema or novel. Research efforts on nanotechnology, nanobots, mind uploading, and cryoprotectants are advancing day after day. Only through the dreams of people who believe in a second chance for their lives can we live a story like this.