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What are you worth?

I was wondering how much a human body is worth, so I worked it out.

I based it on a 100kg human, to keep the numbers simple, assuming commercial use of the materials, and worked in GBP:

There are other elements in smaller amounts ("enough sulphur to make a box of matches, but nothing to strike them on"), so we'll add a few pounds for those, and the whole thing comes out at:

34,750 of your English pounds!


So, who is going to start the first people-recycling centre? Soylent Green has nothing on this!

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gmjhowe8 years ago
Surly a human body is worth more as donor parts on the black market? you could get 35,000 for a liver alone...
Kiteman (author)  gmjhowe8 years ago
It depends whose liver, though. Would have wanted Bestie's cast-offs?
Or Rodney Dangerfield's???
Kiteman (author)  Grey_Wolfe8 years ago
I'd rather have his liver than his trousers!
LOL! Got a good point on that.
it would be a nice gesture to help keep your friend alive in other then just memories :-)
Fresh humans go at a better price. Babies fetch a higher price on the market than livers do.
What's interesting is that calcium is easily reclaimed from bones, think the biology demo's where you break down all the calcified compounds to leave fibrous tissue... Carbon and all the gases make little sense though, unless you threw the liver in hydrochloric acid and hoped the semi stored sugars turned to pure carbon...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope8 years ago
The carbon is priced from graphite powder pigment, and the oxygen from one of those companies selling it in little bottles for a refreshing whiff.
westfw Kiteman8 years ago
For real fun, separate out the carbon in the form of one of those exotic polymers (buckyballs? Nanotubes?) or perhaps gem grade diamonds ("yes folks, we can give you a valuable keepsake of your departed loved one by extracting the carbon from their body into a beautiful gemstone!") Make all the other elements ultra-pure reagents and change chemical-provider prices for them, and that will help with the overall value too. On the other hand, industrial coal seems to be about $50/ton, FOB the mine... (But I'd love to know where I can get a kg of phosphorus for 0.25 pounds...) Niven poked at the concept decades ago, of course. He figured recycled bodies would yield lots of useful organs for use in transplants, if you got them fresh enough. Only from criminals, of course. This resulted in the death penalty being applied for crimes like too many traffic tickets - everyone wanted to live forever via those transplants.
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