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PadTech Summary: Cryonics

Cryonics: humanity's first stumbling steps on the twisting path of immortality through technology. Like so many other first steps, the promise of cryonics proved to be false.

The problems associated with cryonics were never those of irreparable cellular damage caused by low-temperature storage. Quite the contrary, as early pioneers had largely solved this problem even before the development of repair and reconstruction biotechnologies in the first decades of the 21st century (-74 to -44). The nanoscale medical machinery that followed was even more effective, albeit crude and poorly controlled by modern standards. No, the problems that beset cryonics were those of uncertainty and base genome human nature.


Prior to the development of revival technologies, even before the advent of safe low-temperature storage methodologies, a small number of base genome humans were willing to risk cryonic storage. A few of the billions suffering from untreated aging or then-incurable diseases made a form of Pascal's Wager: any slim chance of future revival though unproven technology was better than that offered by traditional funerary arrangements. The first base genome humans to undergo this form of deliberate low-temperature procedure were stored following –94; in those last years of the 20th century, a network of externally forced fiscal-model cooperatives - embedded within late scarcity-based managed socioeconomies - assumed responsibility for cryogenic storage. As models of that time period readily demonstrate, a combination of religion, poor socioeconomic management strategies and the ever-quickening advance of medical technology ensured that cryonics cooperative networks remained minor, generating limited capacity and demand.

Some of the first successfully stored base genome humans were revived by scientific fiscal-model cooperatives employing nanoscale medical machinery well prior to the Zero Year (-20 to -10). Almost all suffered extensive neurostructural changes caused as a result of early cryonic and revival techniques. These procedures were sad failures by modern standards, no better than the "brain surgeries" of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Damage to the data entity representations of these base genome humans would now be legally defined as identity change. Nevertheless, viewed as a success at the time, revivals prompted changes in many managed socioeconomy legal structures and a short-term growth in the number of low-temperature storees.


The transition from nanoscale machinery to a true nanotectite paradigm tore down the old order of scarcity-based managed socioeconomies and forced fiscal-model cooperatives. Cryonic storage proved a deathtrap for many during the early, unruly years of the First Century of the World Standard Calendar: storees were revived, taken advantage of, or simply left to thaw unaided. All unrest must come to an end, however, if only through simple exhaustion. By 23, the mad rush to explore the nanotectite paradigm had stabilized into mere breakneck technological progress. New, more adaptive classes of socioeconomy and cooperative emerged.

The nanotectite paradigm provided the basis for fully reliable revival of cryonic storees. Ironically, it had also brought socioeconomic and technological changes that meant few organic entities now entered long-term cryonic storage. Radical extension of life span and elimination of disease was largely realized; the base genome became widely diversified; forms of artificial intelligence multiplied and improved. The desire for immortality was strong in many socioeconomies at that time, and the era saw widespread creation of Upload Analogues alongside non-emulational AI.

Advances in medical engineering during this time period greatly decreased the incidence of death through accident, disease or biological malfunction. Correspondingly, medical cryonic storage was as limited as it had been prior to the Zero Year, but for different reasons. By 40, nanotectites were used prior to and during short-term medical cryonic storage to prevent neurostructural damage.

SocioEconomic Considerations

Numerous studies have attempted to estimate the revival rate of entities undergoing long-term cryonic storage, a speculative project given the incomplete knowledge of the status of cryonic facilities in NorAm and Euro since the Abandonment of 71. The revival rate is popularly supposed to be close to 25%. Of the other 75%, one third are estimated to remain in storage throughout Sol under the control of modern cooperatives.

The remaining unlucky half died in accidents, deliberate acts of sabotage, terrorism and war, or as a result of being declared legally null - or the equivalent - and thawed. Most cryonic storage facilities in NorAf were destroyed in the course of religious socioeconomic transformations (-27/-10), for example. The model-based realization that no cooperative or managed socioeconomy can guarantee the safety of storage has played a large part in the decline of long-term cryonics.

Most currently logged long-term storees entered cryogenic suspension prior to the Zero Year; more are suspected to exist in Artilect NorAm and Euro.

The State of the Art

Year 50 saw the pinnacle of cryonic storage technology. Cryonics had assumed its modern, minor, but essential place in the medical engineering toolkit. Despite the nanotectite paradigm, modern bioengineering and the best safety technologies, there will always be medical emergencies in which cryonics must play an essential role. Two broad areas are the proper treatment and repair of uncontrolled nanotectite crystallization and deep cellular freezing injuries.

The typical long- or short-term cryonic storage module is included in standard medical nanotectite packages for




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