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People can become semi-photosynthetic using an algae suit?

Instead of outfitting our bodies with bionic implants to relinquish our needs for nourishment, how about we use something a little more natural?


Designers Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton have devised what they call the Algaculture Symbiosis Suit, which will not only make you look like an out of this world—literally—being, but it’ll also feed you nutrients thanks to the algae that are inhabiting the tubes.

Essentially, the plan take these tiny photosynthetic creatures, which sucks in our carbon dioxide, and have them ‘feed’ us as we’re going about our day—of course, sunlight is required.  The man-made symbiotic relationship through the algae suit seems like a wonderful idea for perhaps sustaining a population once resources here on Earth become much scarcer, but for the time being many people probably won’t want to adorn themselves in algae feeding tubes.


The suit debuted at the Algae Opera in London, and the proof of concept involved—as you may have already guessed—an opera singer.  After the singer bellowed her tunes to entertain the crowd and feed the algae with her breathe, enough algae products were made that the audience was invited sample what could be man’s source of nutrients in the future.

“Algaculture designs a new symbiotic relationship between humans and algae.  It proposes a future where humans will be enhanced with algae living inside new bodily organs, allowing us to be semi-photosynthetic,” said Burton and Nitta about the concept.

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