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Archaeological Storage

Can't Afford Whole Body Cryogenics -- Don't Settle For Just The Head
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And what if those guys suffer a long power failure?

Preserve the whole you directly on the gravestone. Using etching techniques, record voice and video recordings, googlisms and most importantly, your own DNA in case the resurrection machines are not ready by the time decay made your body's own DNA unusable for cloning.

As brain scan technologies improve and memory recordings become possible throw these in as well.

The business plan will Include special purposes optical scan readers for the living.

theircompetitor, Mar 11 2004

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       That would be fun. Revive Joe Shmo, from long ago. For more kicks, I'd add in a little revision to the DNA so that Joe, when born, has a birth-mark on his back that says: "21st century human -- RESURRECTED FOR COMEDIC VALUE".
telepathetic, Mar 11 2004

       I work for an archaeological company and, believe me, they won't get it. When future archaeologists find garden gnomes they will probably theorise that our civilisation created plaster effigies of our enemies whose souls we then had power over. Some of them may have represented gods or demons as they have grotesquely grinning faces. Other such plaster effigies will appear to have had more to do with ensuring good hunting as many of the models appear to have some kind of rod and string construction in their hand, which may have been used as a snare.   

       If they do anything, they'll photograph it, reconstruct it in 3D and archive it. Bye bye [TC].
squeak, Mar 12 2004

       Squeak watching Time Team (UK channel 4) program i got the impression anything that couldn't be quickly explained was said to be of ritual value.
engineer1, Mar 12 2004

       Yup. I once saw a program in which archaeologists were trying to explain frequent finds of wooden and stone cocks in ermm... ancient Greece/Rome (can't remember) by saying they were used in fertility rituals. Another person asked if they could possibly be dildos and the archaeologists didn't really know what to say but was sure they had ritual value.
squeak, Mar 12 2004

       One of my colleagues has a lot of collaborations with archaeologists, applying chemical analytical techniques to archaeological artefacts. It's a very interesting area, but one thing you come up against time and time again is that some archaeologists (though not all) want the data to fit a story they have. They don't look at the data and draw conclusions - they have an assumption (generally involving rituals!) and want the data to fit that. It's the wrong way to do science. Archaeologists are increasingly wanting to be considered scientists, but until the community start to turn this around it's hard to see how they will be taken seriously. Some archaeologists are good scientists - but sadly there are lots who aren't.
hazel, Mar 12 2004

       guys -- all true, but surely as they tried to decipher the hieroglyphics, they would try to decipher the markings on these stones, and someone would notice DNA sequences? The double helix logo next to the bar code might give it away?   

       Haven't people talked about retrieving sound from clay pots, from vibration made as they were made? I'm thinking a drawn ear or eye icon next to a pattern might get someone curious.
theircompetitor, Mar 12 2004

       Hmm. The writers have a ritualistic desire to be studied at some future date by person or persons unknown: how quaint.
dpsyplc, Mar 12 2004

       I actually think there may be a real market here. Who would believe people would pay to freeze their heads?
theircompetitor, Mar 12 2004

       They may assume, correctly, that old records of the halfbakery represent the height of this culture's ingenuity.
FarmerJohn, Mar 12 2004

       Speaking of the HB Seal of Approval, wonder if Jutta would license the graphic for use on gravesites?   

       Here lies theircompetitor, halfbaker. Maybe over time it'll be viewed like the Masonic Order.
theircompetitor, Mar 12 2004

       Where do I sign up?
dpsyplc, Mar 12 2004

       How much does it cost?
yabba do yabba dabba, Mar 12 2004

       With my luck what ever i died of would be genetic, or the vital last chromosome would be a typo. Thinking about that how easy would it be to introduce a typo into a Randomish arrangment of 4 letters?   

       who would look after the standards? as in where the coding runs from too   

       there was a typo that was a result of the boss appearing behind me
engineer1, Mar 17 2004

       Well, if it's a typo, it's a typo -- maybe they'll cure your dislexia or give you blue eyes?   

       As far as standards -- by definition, it'll be a cemetary of rosetta stones -- so people would be able to figure it out -- just as we can read sumerian or arameic or hieroglyphics -- even if it gets lots at some point.
theircompetitor, Mar 17 2004


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