Taurus Londono, you are going to die, and you are never coming back, and every second you devote to this cryonautical fools errand of yours is a second that could have been devoted instead to saving actual lives helping people get better access to better healthcare, clean water, education, social support, and equitable recourse to accountable law in a more sustainable and consensual civilization.
Between where we are and where you want to go, between what we know and what we absolutely do not know you accumulate "mays" and "shoulds" and "ideallys" and "conceivables" one after another after another at the end of the line of which you declare yourself to have arrived across the gulf into "well founded hope." It is only the fervency of your wishes that transforms this tissue of contingencies into such an imaginary foundation.
(And I should add that if it were really only "hope" you were claiming for your faith it is hard to see where your total dismissal of my skepticism is coming from given the conspicuous long-ongoing marginality of your confident assertions from the consensus of scientists in each of the relevant fields from which you are presumably drawing. It sure sounds like you are more cocksure than hopeful, and it sure is hard to take that seriously the moment one steps away from the circle of True Believers.)
Now, you can dismiss rhetoric all you like, but I am sorry to inform you that everything actually distinctive and apparently compelling about your project is happening at the level of rhetoric. This includes the technique of dwelling on modest details nobody needs to join a Robot Cult to take seriously (eg, improving organ cryopreservation techniques to facilitate transplants) followed by your stunning leaps into claims that only those who join a Robot Cult could take seriously (eg, raising centuries-vitrified severed heads from the dead and directing nanobotic swarms to build sooperbodies to house info-souls presumably interred within them -- some version of which you no doubt mean to reference in your coy genuflection to the "conceivable technology" money-shot which actually has to do all the real work of resurrection, transcension, and ascension you really care about when you aren't doing your bit of sanewashing PR in the face of criticism).
References to comparably confident and long compelling technical utterances by phrenologists available upon request. (Follow the link above to read the comments that provoked this reaction and also make jokes like that last bit slightly funnier.)
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Taurus Londono, You Are Going To Die
Upgraded and adapted from the Moot: