Who wants to live for­ever?

of will A thou­sands new store fa­cil­ity tens of cryo­geni­cally frozen peo­ple The hope is to one day bring them back to life, but just how re­al­is­tic are its aims?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Con­tents - WORDS BY TOM IRE­LAND.

Is it re­al­is­tic for cry­on­ics to ex­ist in our cur­rent life­time? Tom pro­vides the break­down of the tech­nol­ogy needed

For cen­turies, the world’s physi­cists, writ­ers and philosophers have ar­gued over whether time travel is pos­si­ble, with most com­ing to the con­clu­sion that it’s never go­ing to hap­pen. But on an 800-acre plot of land just out­side the small town of Com­fort, Texas, a group of ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists are build­ing a ‘Time­ship’ that they say could trans­port tens of thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als to a far-dis­tant fu­ture.

Their ap­proach does not in­volve the use of flux ca­pac­i­tors, or zoom­ing at light-speed through black holes. In­stead, the Time­ship aims to store peo­ple at such low tem­per­a­tures that their bod­ies are pre­served for a fu­ture civil­i­sa­tion to re­an­i­mate them, a con­cept known as cry­on­ics. “Just as a space­ship al­lows peo­ple to move through space, Time­ship will al­low peo­ple to travel to an­other time in the fu­ture,” ex­plains Stephen Valen­tine, who is the di­rec­tor and prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect of the Time­ship project.

Valen­tine has been given a mul­ti­mil­lion-

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