How To Survive The Apocalypse: Use Artificial Organs (With This Handy Kit)

Photo: Takram

Photo: Takram

Just when you thought that you’d stuffed your go bag with all the essentials, along comes Wired with news of the ne plus ultra of apocalypse survival kits, this one containing five artificial organs to insert into your body…

Wouldn’t it be nice if the end of the world came and we were all just gone? Maybe it sounds defeatist, but just think how easy things would be if our impending apocalyptic event happened and we simply disappeared. There’d be no need to rebuild, no need to struggle, no need to adapt our bodies to a forever-altered environment. Of course, no one really knows what kind of world-ending event will occur or how we humans will react, but there’s been plenty of speculation on the subject anyway. One of the more elaborate scenarios dreamt up is from Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, who in their recent project News From Nowhere envision a world on the brink of annihilation thanks to a cataclysmic series of events, both man-made and natural. In this world, the sea level rises and radioactive emissions are released, leaving the remaining water non-potable. To save the world, the artists took a multidisciplinary approach, asking architects, engineers and designers to imagine how life could go on in this dystopian land.

The kit consists of five new organs.

They tasked designers from Japanese design firm Takram with creating a new water bottle that addresses the newfound scarcity of water. Instead of reinventing the standard water holder, the designers got creative. Really creative. “It was a catch-22,” says Kaz Yoneda of Takram. “OK, so you want us to design a water bottle, but there’s not going to be much water to begin with, so how do you deal with that?” Apparently by creating a hyper-futuristic set of artificial organs that are meant to increase the efficiency of our bodies’ hydration system. Functionality-wise, the organs are similar to “stillsuits,” the water-recycling bodysuits worn in the sci-fi series Dune that helped inhabitants maximize body moisture retention in the harsh desert environment. “It became less about how to store water, since there would be very little left,” he says. “And more about how to preserve the hydration that’s already in our bodies.”

Called the Shenu: Hydrolemic System, Takram designed a set of products that minimize hydration loss, allowing humans to consume less water altogether. Though it’s just a concept, the system is so intensely detailed and thoroughly researched it looks as though you could purchase the it at a post-apocalyptic Apple store. The kit, which comes organized in a steel briefcase, consists of five new organs that are meant to be implanted into key locations of our bodies where fluid is most frequently lost…

[continues at Wired]


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2 Comments on "How To Survive The Apocalypse: Use Artificial Organs (With This Handy Kit)"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Sep 20, 2013 at 9:53 am |

    People becoming the omar up in this shit.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Sep 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm |

    Surviving The Apocalypse
    is it really worth the effort?

    considering that death is inevitable
    it seems like a unprofitable investment
    more like buying time at the wrong time

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