I think instead of investing our time and effort into cryopreservation, we are better off investing our efforts in nanotechnology and finding ways to ensure the infinitude of our lives and intellect. Cryopreservation almost seems as if we are putting off the work we need to do today for tomorrow. Or as if we are placing the responsibility of developing the necessary technology to live forever on those in the future. Progression begins with us, presently.
We should aim to live forever, rather than settling for death in hopes that we'll be revived. One reason being that progression would probably happen faster if we didn't have to keep teaching new generations of people information that is already understood. Procreation won't be necessary if we can live forever, allowing us to focus our attention on our goals and ultimately progress at a faster rate. Children kinda slow us down…. Teaching is almost a distraction. It halts the progression of a person that has an understanding of whatever information, and redirects their focus into regurgitating that information to others, as opposed to building upon that information.
For example, what if Einstein were able to live forever? He probably would have figured out… like...everything there is to know, while we now are still trying to learn what the hell he was even talking about. Let alone build off of it. (Edit: I mean... we have built upon it, but he probably could have done that way sooner... i don't know, maybe this was a bad example).
And if advancements in nanotechnology allow us to live forever, then well.... we won't die in the first place.
I can't really see what use humanity in the future would have for more people from the past, other than maybe if some catastrophic event takes place that knocks out most of humanity and we need to repopulate.
Edited by Antevorta, 24 January 2013 - 01:43 AM.