What you’re looking at in these images — that is, if you can bear to look without squirming a little — is not some kind of bionic bird corpse. Actually, that would be easier to handle than what it’s really supposed to be.
The project leaders describe Oscar as the first “Modular Body,” allegedly a lab-created living organism whose organs and limbs (including a heart, lungs, digestive system, and spindly little arms/legs) are fully interchangeable, and can be attached in different configurations — sort of like a Lego set designed by David Cronenberg. (I’m actually surprised he isn’t involved in this project).
Supposedly 3D-printed from cultures of real human cellular material, the mini-monstrosity is shown being controlled by an equally detachable “brain module,” which looks more like a battery pack. But his real source of fuel — according to his designers — is human blood. Yes, Oscar is also a tiny vampire.
The video below, titled “Presenting Oscar, The Modular Body,” shocked, amazed and horrified the world, quickly racking up millions of views on YouTube. Countless viewers were puzzled over whether this fleshy creation was real, or just an elaborate hoax.
As it turns out, it’s neither: according to the website, Oscar is an ingenious fictional mascot for a massive, brilliant online multimedia science fiction tale by Dutch writer-director Floris Kaayk.
Entitled, oddly enough, THE MODULAR BODY, Kaayk’s story is set in a near-future world where the body is no longer a “closed circuit” and 3D-printed organs are commonplace… and the ultimate realization of that technology is virtual immortality.
“Why would we print an organ exactly in the same shape as the one we already have?” Kaayk postulated. “Why wouldn’t we use this opportunity to improve it?” He goes on to suggest that once the technology exists, we could “completely redefine and redesign” our bodies to suit our needs.
Kaayk says the technology to produce actual 3D-printed organs is still a long way off (he estimates 30-40 years), but nevertheless entirely possible… and you can be assured that scientists are already working on it.