Sky News host Chris Kenny says a new cryogenics centre is opening later this year in regional New South Wales, which will freeze dead people in the hope of one day "bring…
Sky News host Chris Kenny says a new cryogenics centre is opening later this year in regional New South Wales, which will freeze dead people in the hope of one day "bringing them back to life". "Already 32 people have paid up to $70,000 each for their spots, and you better get in quick because there’s only eight left," Mr Kenny said. Mr Kenny spoke with Southern Cryonics founding member Elphie Coyle who said, "the intention obviously is to, if we are going to be frozen at some point, is to have some sort of technology hopefully way before then that doesn’t make it a decrepit body," he told Sky News host Chris Kenny. "Nonetheless I’d rather that option than basically taking a role on what’s potentially on the other side of life."
Even the co-founders hold some doubts, but Australia’s first cryonics facility is on track to open next year, introducing the possibility for human beings to be frozen after death for preservation.
Southern Cryonics director Peter Tsolakides spoke to on 2GB on Wednesday to discuss the Southern Cryonics facility at Holbrook, between Sydney and Melbourne, which is set to open in 2022.
There are reportedly 32 Australians who have signed up for the service at a cost of $50,000 each, ranging in ages from people in their 30s to 80s.
Cryonics is a technique of deep-freezing human bodies who have just died, hoping scientific advancements may allow them to be revived in the future.
No human has ever been frozen and brought back to life, but there has been some success thawing ancient Russian roundworms.
Mr Tsolakides said Southern Cryonics required three pieces of equipment for its project: cryostats (similar to a vacuum flask) to store people, cooling boxes (where a body is put to bring their temperature slowly down to liquid nitrogen temperature) and a tank for liquid nitrogen.
He made it clear in an interview with Ben Fordham that the facility did not have the technology to bring people back to life.
Scientists have stated human bodies cannot be preserved due to their complex molecular structure.
But Mr Tsolakides said Southern Cryonics founding members could be “suspended” once they die.
Most have signed up out of curiosity and as a gamble that if and when scientific developments allow for humans to be thawed, their bodies will be there and ready.
“The technology for freezing people, let’s call it ‘suspending’ them because it’s way below freezing temperatures, but suspending them is reasonably well known,” Mr Tsolakides said.
“However, the technology for bringing people back is for the future. I want to make that very clear, there’s no guarantees.
“The idea is that there‘s some possibility, it might be 10 per cent or it might be 50 per cent.
“Cryonics has been around for about 50 years and it’s not for everybody; normally the people interested in this are very optimistic people, and they’re people with an interest in science or technology.”