The Plug

How does it work?

The Plug acquires a wealth of data about you. There is medical data, such as the biomarkers indicating the disease, as well as social data gathered through a variety of sensors.

The biomarkers are obtained through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and taking your spinal fluid through a spinal tap. These procedures will be done in hospital with specialists. The data obtained from these tests will be fed into your profile which communicates directly with your implant.

More complex is the sensor data obtained. The data collected depends completely on the parameters you specify which give your life quality. We can detect a lot of details, how much is up to you. For example, we can collect data about your whereabouts by movement sensors in your house, GPS trackers you wear (or have implanted). We can detect forgetfulness by analysing repetition. We can detect looping behaviour (getting stuck in a same behaviour pattern repetitively). We can detect social behaviours, your own, and of those you love. The latter is only possible with the explicit consent of those whose responses to you you wish to track.

Your parameters can be compared to a boolean string search. You can set one particular condition which will activate The Plug, or a string of specific conditions which need to all be met before The Plug is triggered.

The Plug implant will be surgically implanted into your heart, much like a pacemaker. The implant only gets activated when the conditions you have specified have come to pass. The implant communicates with your wearable (or implanted) sensor, and triggers when you are in deep sleep. This assures your death is peaceful, painless and fast.

How does it work?
What is The Plug?

What is The Plug?

The Plug is a physically implanted Advance Euthanasia Directive for the condition of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s Disease, Pick’s Disease, or Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease). An Advance Directive is a tool used in planning for end-of-life, usually in the form of a document by which a person makes provisions for health care decisions in the event that, in the future, he/she becomes unable to make those decisions. Advance euthanasia directives in dementia are rarely complied with even though patient suffering was judged to be extreme (Rurup et al., 2005).

Here at The Plug we believe that, if a cognitively sound person has made a well considered, rational decision to desire euthanasia under certain circumstances, we must respect this wish. We do however also understand that this can be a completely unreasonable request to a physician having to perform the euthanasia. This is why we have come up with The Plug. The Plug is an implanted robot that can perform your commands in the future, once you yourself are incapable of making these decisions. The Plug alleviates the burden on physicians having to deal with these ethically complicated issues.