DARPA wants to slow down the human body to save lives


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#2

“Oh yes. Of course we would only use this technology to SAVE lives. We certainly wouldn’t use it on prisoners or as a weapon or anything. Pinky swear!”


#3

From what I understand, cobra venom is used for this purpose, slowing down the metabolism/circulation to give some extra time to people who are poisoned or are having heart attacks to get to the hospital.


#4

…Or just stop with the rampant gunboat diplomacy and you wouldn’t have so many soldiers needing evacuation from combat arenas.


#5

Proper human hibernation, if not actual sci-fi deep-freezing, would be pretty huge. What if you could hibernate every winter, wake up at your ideal weight each spring, and age 25% slower overall? Or save money on international flights by shipping your inert body to New Zealand by surface mail? Or time-share an expensive apartment by having one tenant alternately stored in a closet at all times?


#6

Or put some bodies into cold storage and ship them to Alpha Centauri.


#7

That never ends well.


#8

Basically the plot of Dayworld by Philip José Farmer.


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