The short answer is “Alcor will revive them.”
The third item in Alcor’s mission statement is: “Eventually restore to health and reintegrate into society all patients in Alcor’s care.”
Reviving the patients is also required by Alcor’s contracts with members: “When, in Alcor’s best good faith judgement, it is determined that attempting revival is in the best interests of the Member in cryopreservation, Alcor shall attempt to revive and rehabilitate the Member.”
Reviving the patients is also a duty of the Alcor Patient Care Trusts: “At such time as Alcor deems that repair and revival of the Patients is feasible, the Trust shall expend whatever amounts of money are necessary to revive the Patients and reintroduce them to society, as long as on-going care of the Patients remaining in biostasis is not endangered. It is the intent of the Trust that such repair and revival proceed in such manner that ongoing Trust earnings reasonably can be predicted to provide for the eventual repair and revival of all Patients.”
The Trust documents also decree that the majority of Trustees have close relatives or significant others in cryopreservation at Alcor.
Financially, the Patient Care Trusts should grow in real value over time — compound interest should eventually produce sufficient assets to cover the costs of revival. At the same time, as technology progresses the cost of reviving patients should decrease over time. Eventually, the increasing funds available in the Trusts should be sufficient to pay the costs of reviving and reintegrating patients into society.
Socially, Alcor is a community. Some members of this community are alive and healthy, while others have been cryopreserved. This community forms an interconnected network of friendships and close ties. At any point in time the healthy members of this network have friends, relatives and loved ones in cryopreservation and will seek to revive them. Once revived, those members will in turn have other friends in cryopreservation, and they will in turn seek to revive them.
The plan is not for “them” to revive us. The plan is that we, the Alcor community, will revive ourselves.