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Self-Serve Sarco Suicide Pod
The Sarco suicide pod will allow people to end their lives with a minimum of fuss in Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal.
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A coffin-like capsule that allows people to end their life could be used in Switzerland from next year, its creators say.
The Sarco suicide pod allows a user to lie down and activate the process themselves within a matter of minutes.
Individuals are asked a series of questions before they can press a button, which brings oxygen down to a critical level.
Nitrogen fills the 3D-printed device, quickly bringing oxygen down from 21 percent to only 1 percent in about 30 seconds.
Around 1,300 people ended their life using assisted suicide in Switzerland last year.
Science fiction writers are, perhaps, no more inclined to suicide than anyone; however, there are some precedents to this idea in science fiction. See the government lethal chamber from The Repairer of Reputations (1895) by Robert W. Chambers, the Hall of Euthanasia from One Against the Legion (1939) by Jack Williamson and the
Ethical Suicide Parlor from Welcome to the Monkey House (1958) by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr..
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