In Amsterdam, at a fair dedicated to the novelties of the funeral industry, they presented a “suicidal machine” that allows the user to kill himself with the touch of a button.
The prototype “Sarco” (abbreviated to “Sarcophagus”) was printed on a 3D printer. The novelty is made in a futuristic design and very much like a capsule for sleep, which is shown in films about a distant cosmic future. Developed by Sarco Dutch designer Alexander Bannink and Australian activist Philip Nitzshke, who for many years fought for the legalization of euthanasia.
The authors of such an unusual invention say that with the help of a capsule, everyone can leave this world easily and without any suffering.
The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel dizzy, but then quickly lose consciousness and die.
So far only the “Sarco” model has been brought to the exhibition. But all comers, however, were given the opportunity to “test” the novelty. Wearing VR-glasses, it was possible to “prove” inside the capsule.
At the fair, there was a long queue for “Sarco”: many were curious to sit in the chair of the device and put on VR-glasses. 52-year-old Eet Verstraaten said: “It was a truly amazing and strange experience. But it’s very beautiful and peaceful. You see the moon, the sea. It’s very calm. ”
The Guardian writes that Nitschke intends to build the first fully functioning “sarcophagus” before the end of 2018. After that, an open source document will be placed on the Internet: anyone who wants to build a machine will be able to download the model and print it on a 3D printer.
It is not known whether such capsules will be allowed on the territory of Russia or not: “euthanasia or killing a seriously ill person, even at his request, qualifies as murder,” comments the lawyer.