By Josh Saunders
Meet the wife set to be frozen alongside her already preserved husband, mother and father-in-law so they can live on forever.
Linda Chamberlain, 72, from Scottsdale in Arizona, USA, doesn’t fear death for believing she will be reanimated in the future with her family.
She co-founded The Alcor Life Extension Foundation with husband Fred over 45 years ago, dreaming to dodge death with technology – after reading ‘The Prospect of Immortality’ by Robert Ettinger.
Cryogenic preservation includes freezing the ‘patient’ to -196 Degrees Celsius shortly after death, in the hope that medical and technological advancements could bring them back to life in the future
Members are warned there are no guarantees it will work but can spend in excess of $200,000 (155KGBP) with the non-profit to remain their patient bay.
Currently there are more than 1,180 individuals signed up and nearly 160 in cryostasis, including Linda’s mother Arlene Fried, father-in-law Fred and her husband
She plans for her brain to run through a computer platform allowing her to think up to a million times fast and her body, an adaptive swarm of nanobots capable of changing form.
Linda said: “It’s a very positive feeling that I have control over my life, it’s like going for elective surgery where things will be made better.
“While you realise there may be some pain involved, you’re doing It because you’re expecting something to come out of it.
“Most people would very much like to come back and have a biological body that looks how they did when they were 25.
“But for my husband and I we are more interested in a non-biological body that will have greater capacity.
“The biological body is constraining and fragile, it’s easy to be wiped out again, we are into AI and would like to incorporate ourselves into being non-biological.
“We could be transferred to a computer where AI can be made available to us, one thing about that is we will be able to think a million times faster than biological creatures based on physics.
“Electrons move a million times faster through silicon than biology, our biological body has limits on what it’s able to do.
“My brain may run on a computer platform but to interface I have an avatar body made of swarms of nanorobots, allowing my body to reconfigure to however I want it.
“If I wanted to swim in the ocean my nanobot body could reconfigure me into a killer whale, it’s based on science fiction but it’s an idea.
“When I go into a hospice my thoughts will be very positive about the fact that even though there is no guarantee, that future technologies will be able to create this, it’s a matter or when not if.
“It will be an exciting time, it’s hard to convey it without sounding like a lunatic. It will be a very wonderful future.
“There was a lot of scepticism in the early years, we came from being called the ‘lunatic fringe’ in 1972, to now being known as ‘cutting edge.’”
The first patient for Alcor was Fred’s father, the stroke victim in 1976 underwent neuropreservation to secure his brain after advising the pair to ‘do what you think is best.’
In 1991 Linda’s mother Arlene, who had battled lung cancer, joined the programme aged 68, after being sceptical of the process for decades.
Linda explained: “She wasn’t interested in it for herself, until one night I get her drunk and told her I wanted her in the future with me, she told me ‘Ok, if it means that much to you I’ll do it.’
“She had a turnaround in the end, her best friend told me, ‘She said she was always doing it for you but that’s no longer true, she’s interested in being a part of this.’
“While she was still conscious enough, I promised to leave instructions for us to be revived together.
“Then that we would make a trip to Titan the large moon around Saturn to overlook the rings and toast to life.
“I remember she looked up at me, her eyes sparkled, and she said ‘I’m in.’”
Six-years-ago she said a temporary goodbye to her husband, Fred who died of prostate cancer.
Linda said: “The last time I felt we said goodbye was a year earlier, it was when he just found out his cancer was progressing.
“We were at a dance, I remember him holding me very, very close and we didn’t have to have words, but we knew we were saying goodbye.
“We didn’t have get a chance to say ‘Goodbye’ in the end, but we had many times in the year before that in different ways.”
Linda maintains that she has high expectations for the future and will be reunited with her family.
She said: “I don’t feel sad about it, I feel hopeful that this process will work, and we will be able to see each other again in the near future.
“It’s been long enough now that the grief you go through for losing someone changes into hopefulness.
“I’m back thee several times a week, it isn’t always with the intention of stopping by and saying ‘Hi’ to them in their capsules but I’m frequently there to give tours.”
The process takes place after a person is ‘clinically dead’, currently for full body cryopreservation the cost is $200,000 and for neuro, just the brain, it’s $80,000.
Linda said: “When you are pronounced legally and clinically dead we start our procedures, that only means when the heart and lungs have stopped we know your cells are still alive.
“Current medical science doesn’t have a clue how to keep you from a state of theoretic death, there’s no info to clone you upload you the data is gone, that is irretrievably dead
“I’m do this for love. People that we love are being physically changed, they could die if we don’t do something and because we love them we do it.”
Alcor keeps a Patient Care Trust independent of its Board of Directors, in addition to remaining a non-profit in order to prevent profit taking priority over people.
They hope to bring back patents once ‘sufficient technology’ is available to make a person healthy again and even allow people to suggest how they would like to be brought back.
Linda said: “The purpose is to make sure you’re safe as long as possible from accident or anything endangering you, in the future Alcor will then pay for your reanimation and any rehabilitation may need to accept for the future.
“For example, my father in law didn’t understand what we were talking doing for him, so if he is revived after being in stasis for 100 years there will be a lot to learn.”
She added: “We take this all very seriously, we are not here to preserve you but get you safely into the future and revive you.”
For more information visit: www.alcor.org.