The Future Will See You Now

Professors Plan to Be Cryogenically Frozen, Thawed Out Eventually

Wake me up when the academic job market is better.
Professors are... somewhere else. (Infosphere)

Professors are… somewhere else. (Infosphere)

Offbeat academics everywhere are going to have to step up their game if they want to continue impressing the freshmen. The Independent reports that three Oxford University professors are actively making plans to be cryogenically frozen in the event of their deaths.

And you thought your undergraduate professors said some trippy shit. 

Of course, it’s not like these guys work in the English department: Nick Bostrom, Anders Sandberg and Stuart Armstrong are all lead researchers at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. (Oxford’s come a long way since 1167.) If professors Bostrom and Sandberg are diagnosed with anything terminal, an American company will “detach and deep freeze” their heads, Futurama-style; Mr. Armstrong is going whole hog, as they probably do not say in England, and freezing his entire body (once he’s dead, of course).

Mr. Armstrong told the Independent:

“It costs me £25 a month in premiums to cover the cost of getting cryo-preserved, and that seems a good bet,” he said. “It’s a lot cheaper than joining a gym, which is most people’s way of trying to prolong life.”

Well, when you put it that way: Where do we sign up?

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