It’s no Expedia or Overstock.com, but apparently bitcoin can now buy you cryonic suspension, in an interesting turn of events when it comes to merchants accepting bitcoin.
The Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona is accepting the digital currency for this interesting yet controversial procedure that hopes to keep today’s terminally ill alive 100 years down the line. That’s according to this tweet from Bitcoin Hey-Soos Roger Ver this morning.
You’re probably asking: what the heck is cryonics? From the Alcor website:
Cryonics is an effort to save lives by using temperatures so cold that a person beyond help by today’s medicine might be preserved for decades or centuries until a future medical technology can restore that person to full health.
Cryonics sounds like science fiction, but is based on modern science. It’s an experiment in the most literal sense of the word. The question you have to ask yourself is this: would you rather be in the experimental group, or the control group?
What that means is that your corpse is essentially frozen beyond belief and you may or may not wake up in an entirely new era (let’s hope the organization doesn’t shut down the operation, then you’ll really be done for).
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) June 12, 2014
Of course, perhaps the people of the world a hundred years in the future will all be using bitcoin. In that case, you’ll be quite a lucky chap. But this whole process sounds terrifying to me, personally.
Before I give myself nightmares, I’m just going to stop right here. If you would like all of the juicy details on cryonic suspension, visit the Alcor Life Extension website here.