Can you beat ALS by having your body frozen? This Bitcoin pioneer is going to find out.
Bitcoin was invented by a mysterious person who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. But to make it useful, he had to convince other people to give it a try. The first person to do that was cryptographer Hal Finney, who used the software to receive the first Bitcoin payment from Nakamoto on January 12, 2009.
Tragically, Finney suffered from ALS, and over the last five years his body has deteriorated. According to a post on a cryonics mailing list, he was declared legally dead on Thursday morning.
Finney is a customer of Alcor, a cryonics company that freezes people in hopes that the technology will someday exist to revive them. Here’s what’s happening today:
This post was published at Vox on August 28, 2014,.