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Hibernating Humans Now As We Solve Water, Disease, and Poverty Issues Considered

May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 182

Not long ago, I was contacted by a gentleman about human hibernation. You see, he'd read an interesting article that I'd written last year some time about the psychological challenges of human hibernation, such as what happens when you wake up and everything has changed, everyone you used to know is gone, and you don't feel like you belong anymore. Seriously, it happens.

If you doubt what I'm saying consider going to visit the place where you grew up 20-years later, everything has changed, it's not the place you remember in your mind, it's somewhere else, that old place well it only exists now in your memory, not in the real world, see that point? My acquaintance asks;

"If we can hibernate then why stop at only hibernating people for long-term space flights or when they are ill. If technology is growing exponentially, wouldn't it be smart for us just to enter into hibernation until we have mastered the art of indefinite life extension. Why not hibernate until we are so technologically advanced that poverty, housing, other world problems, are almost completely resolved?"

All good questions and he asks; "What do you think about this?" Well it turns out I have actually, and here are some thoughts, but first let me add, he makes an excellent point. In fact, I'd written a science fiction piece on this in my Future Glimpse series and my non-fiction series Future Concepts. Why because, I see some challenges with destabilization if things are not done properly. Personally, I'd like to look at the future much as Intel's Futurist Neal Stephenson recommends - in a positive light.

Now then the reason I agree with my acquaintance, and whereas there may be a serious debate on all this, we will need to be thinking here as we cure cancer, fix life expectancy issues, and work out the challenges with the population and water problems - the singularity institute has some interesting information on all of this, however the Futurists are a little bit trying at times with their socialist thinking along these lines, in my view anyway.

Is it possible to do this, is my acquaintance onto something? I'd ask you to explore this concept, as I have, and perhaps you will see all the positives, and alas, the challenges as well. Some folks dare to think into such scenarios, well other than Sci Fi screen play writers, but it is a decent exercise in problem solving and considering what lies ahead. Please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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