Sci-fi movies have glamorised the idea of cryogenically preserving parts of your body for future use. Now it seems as though that idea is a step closer to becoming a reality. A Russian company named KrioRus if offering you the chance to freeze your brain after you pass away with the intention of unfreezing it once technology has advanced enough to use the brain once more. All for the price of a second-hand car.
The brains, which KrioRus refers to as ‘patients,’ are stored in vats of liquid nitrogen at temperatures below -196 degrees celsius with the intention of protecting the valuable body part from deteriorating, despite there being no scientific evidence that this method will be able to revive the dead. If freezing your brain isn’t enough, KrioRus will also freeze your entire body, although you’ll have to cough up R516 817,00 for that privilege.
So far over 70 people have signed up to have their brains cryogenically frozen. One such person is named Alexei Vornenkov. When his mother passed away at the age of 70, he recruited the help of KrioRus to have her brain frozen and stored for future use.
“I did this because we were very close and I think it is the only chance for us to meet in the future,” said Voronenkov who intends to undergo the same procedure when he eventually dies.
Don’t book your appointment just yet though. Evgeny Alexandrov, the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Pseudoscience Commission described the procedure as “an exclusively commercial undertaking that does not have any scientific basis. It is a fantasy speculating on people’s hopes of resurrection from the dead and dreams of eternal life.”
Udalova, KrioRus’ managing director argues that paying to have your loved ones frozen is an indication of how much you love them. “What can we do for our dying relatives or the ones that we love? A nice burial, a photo album? Go further, prove your love even more,” she said in an interview with Russian media.