Stu­art Arm­strong, pic­tured

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hu­man age­ing, which has al­ready seen ideas that once also seemed mar­ginal, such as slow­ing down or even re­vers­ing the age­ing process, be­com­ing in­creas­ingly main­stream.

Sci­en­tists have also shown that tiny an­i­mals such as ne­ma­tode worms can be deep-frozen and then re­vived. The idea of do­ing the same for hu­mans has cap­tured the pop­u­lar imag­i­na­tion.

‘Bet­ter than the al­ter­na­tive’

Sci­en­tists, how­ever, have gen­er­ally dis­missed the idea of cryonics for hu­mans as be­ing far be­yond any­thing that is cur­rently achiev­able.

But that’s not the case with Bostrom who, be­sides be­ing di­rec­tor of the FHI, also has a back­ground in physics, com­pu­ta­tional neu­ro­science and math­e­mat­i­cal logic, and is writ­ing a book about su­per­in­tel­li­gence. He says, “Look back at what has hap­pened over the past 100 years, and how many fea­tures of to­day’s world some­body from 1913 would have failed to

with wife Miriam, and An­ders Sand­berg have both signed up to have their heads frozen at the Aclor fa­cil­ity in Arizona. Stu­art also plans to take out a pol­icy to cover his child when she’s born

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