Monday, August 19, 2013

A Tokyo Design Firm Made Artificial Human Organs for the Post-Apocalypse

  Once that great apocalyptic event—contagion, climate change, nuclear holocaust, zombies, whatever—drowns out the huddled masses of humanity, we can take solace in at least one thing: those who remain will have no shortage of suggestions from art and pop culture as to how best to carry on.

If it's a zombie scenario, they could, for instance, go Walking Dead and form a scrappy band and shack up in a prison. If it's disease, they could hack their bodies, adding Matt-Damon-in-Elysium-style cyborg arm implants to do combat with the rich. If it's rising sea levels, they could follow one Tokyo design firm's advice, and outfit themselves with artificial organs designed to make the human body more water-efficient.

What you're looking at above is a pile of the freshly designed artificial organs, ostensibly conceived to increase the human body's capacity for conserving water in resource-scarce, post-apocalyptic environs. The project came about when two South Korean artists, Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, asked the noted Japanese designer Kaz Yoneda, of the renowned takram design engineering, to build a water bottle for the grimmest sort of future—one where the world was "Afflicted by manmade causes, the rising sea level, radioactive emissions and release of hazardous materials into the environment."

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