Virtual reality 'suicide machine' gives users morbid trial run of own death

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Last Updated on June 30, 2021 by MyGh.Online

An inventor aptly nicknamed Dr Death created a virtual ‘suicide machine’ to allow the public to experience death before it happens.

Dr Philip Nitschke debuted his invention, Sarco, at the Funeral Fair in Amsterdam back in 2018 – since then it’s been on display at other venues in Europe.

But it is now open for the public to try out.

The 3D-printed euthanasia capsule is designed to “produce a rapid decrease in oxygen level, while maintaining a low CO2 level (the conditions for a peaceful, even euphoric death)”, according to the Sarco website.

“The elegant design was intended to suggest a sense of occasion: of travel to a ‘new destination’, and to dispel any ‘yuk’ factor.

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“Other design considerations were to devise a system that requires no specialised skills or involvement, no sourcing of difficult to obtain drugs, [and] no need for medical involvement eg. with the insertion of an intravenous cannula.

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The public can virtually experience their own death

“Those with a significant disability (eg. frailty or increasing paralysis from a disease such as MND/ ALS) would also not be disadvantaged. Activation by eye movement or voice control is anticipated.”

Writing in the Huffington Post following the unveiling in 2018, Dr Nitschke said: “A Sarco death is painless. There’s no suffocation, choking sensation or ‘air hunger’ as the user breathes easily in a low-oxygen environment.

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“The sensation is one of well-being and intoxication.”

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The ‘Suicide machine’ was unveiled in 2018

According to an Amsterdam press release, the purpose of the Sarco – which is short for sarcophagus – is to get “people talking positively about death and with broader consideration than being afraid, scared or shocked.”

While the plans for the Sarco are to create a fully-functioning euthanasia capsule, the one that went on display in Amsterdam was an ‘art installation’ designed to give folks a chance to see how a Sarco-assisted death would work via virtual reality.

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However, Dr Death isn’t the only inventor to make euthanisation an experience.

Lithuanian Julijonas Urbonas designed a rollercoaster painlessly kill its passengers back in 2010.

His invention is described as a “hypothetic death machine in the form of a rollercoaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being”.

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