New Technology to Put People in Suspended Animation

Suspended Animation

by Ian Mosley

There is something intrinsically wrong with a society where the first use envisaged for an incredible new scientific breakthrough is as a torture device. And yet that is what appears to be happening in the United Kingdom.

The U. K. Daily Mail reports: “Sentencing a criminal to 1,000 years in an artificial hell may one day become a reality. At least, that is the claim of scientists at Oxford University who have been exploring controversial technologies that could extend human life.”

“They say billions are being invested in techniques that could mean the cruellest criminals will be kept alive indefinitely in condition befitting their crime. According to their research, prison firms could also develop drugs that make time pass slowly, making an inmate’s sentence feel like an eternity.

“Last year, a team of scientists led by Rebecca Roache began exploring technologies that could keep prisoners in an artificial hell. ‘Some crimes are so bad they require a really long period of punishment, and a lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying,’ Dr Roache told Ross Andersen in Aeon magazine.”

“Dr Roache highlights what she describes as the ‘laughably inadequate’ sentence of 30 years in prison for Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek. The pair were convicted of murdering Luczak’s four year-old son, Daniel, who was beaten, starved and tortured before his death. Turning to human engineering as a possible solutions, Dr Roache looks at the idea of life span enhancements so that a life sentence in prison could last hundreds of years.”

In Robert A. Heinlein’s novel The Puppet Masters, people used something called “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies) pills to extend their sense of time, make a weekend seem like three months’ vacation. Think what an incredible benefit this could be to the elderly and the terminally ill and other people who really are running out of time. And yet the first use these people want to put such a drug to is to torture people they don’t like.

Are the people in this suspended state even cognizant of what’s going on? It would be pointless to suspend someone for 100 years for murder if he wakes up and thinks he was just locked up yesterday.

Why not use technology like this to keep people alive, who are dying way too young of cancer? Criminals should stay in jail wasting the best years of their lives as punishment for what they’ve done.

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