Alcor Video Library
Alcor Facility Tour (3 minutes) - Short video tour of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, conducted by Stephen Van Sickle, who was Executive Director at Alcor when this tour was filmed in 2006.
The Limitless Future (28 minutes). Alcor documentary video (2005). Discover how leading-edge science at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation is getting closer to making the dream of a vastly extended lifespan come true and how our notion of "death" is shifting. Includes interviews with world-renowned scientists including Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge, explaining how life can be cryopreserved on the verge of death and then revitalized, giving us a second chance at a long and productive life, and Dr. Ralph Merkle, Distinguished Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech, exploring how molecular-sized machines will be able to repair damage to your body from aging or the devastating effects of cancer and other illnesses, including frostbite.
Cryonic Life Extension (32 minutes). Presentation by Alcor CEO Max More at the Fifth SENS Foundation Conference in September, 2011, at Queens' College, Cambridge, UK. Abstract: Cryonics involves the cryopreservation of humans as soon as possible after legal and clinical "death." Legal and clinical death differ importantly from biological death or true (irreversible) cessation of function. It is therefore a mistake to portray cryonics as an alternative to cremation or burial. It is true that cryopreserved people are not alive but neither are they dead. Cryonics should be seen as part of the field of life extension. Cryonics enables the transport of critically ill people through time in an unchanging state to a time when more advanced medical and repair technologies are available. Even after "longevity escape velocity" has been attained and aging has been largely tamed, cryonics will continue to be needed for people who die of accidents or diseases for which there is no cure at the time.
6th Alcor Conference 2006 - this link goes to page with full descriptions of all conference video presentations. Or use links below to go directly to a particular video.
- Excerpts (14 minutes). Overview of the conference with short segments from various sections.
- Ralph Merkle - Nanotechnology and Cryonics (25 minutes).
- J. Storrs Hall - Cryonics: A Door into Summer (24 minutes).
- David Friedman - If Life Were a Lot Longer: An Economist's View (26 minutes).
- Aubrey de Grey - SENS: A Precursor to Cryonic Revival (36 minutes).
- Brian Wowk - The Cryobiological Basis of Cryonics (42 minutes).
Suspended Animation by Vitrification - 25 minute conference presentation (November, 2005). A cryobiologist talks about the current state of tissue cryopreservation technology in mainstream science and the implications for cryonics.