[Concept by Łukasz Gula and myself. Renders by Diego Grandry, illustration by Marie Cantenys.]
In the future, water scarcity will become a catalyst for conflicts, emphasizing the critical importance of clean drinking water. Already, nations and corporations are vying for control over its limited supplies, leading to potential monopolies.
This looming reality will inevitably trigger unprecedented waves of mass migration. However, advancements in technology hold the promise of long-term solutions, enabling us to transcend the limitations of our bodies. Consider that an average person excretes approximately 2000 ml of urine daily, with about 90% of it being water. By implementing efficient filtration systems, waste material can be effectively repurposed, optimizing the water-to-waste ratio. In an era of resource scarcity, effective storage and recycling mechanisms will be paramount for survival. Moreover, advancements in medical technology will enhance the efficiency of existing organs. Drawing inspiration from the concept of a stoma, individuals will have the means to regulate their water balance with improved efficacy.
Historically, wealth has shaped societal beauty standards. In times when only the affluent could access an abundance of food, a slightly fuller figure was coveted. In modern society, concerns over food quality have popularized a lean physique. Looking ahead, the accessibility to medical technology will dictate the prevailing beauty ideal. Those with fully integrated and refined filtration systems will exude prestige and wealth. As an external storage component can be easily detached from the body, it will become a luxury exclusive to the wealthy. However, at birth, all individuals will be treated equally, with a channel inserted into the umbilicus. Traditionally, this natural stoma is sealed after birth, but keeping it open will provide a convenient access point to regulate the water balance.