The Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design
Jarrett Fuller

In 2011, the Dutch industrial giant Philips unveiled something it called the Microbial Home. It was a zero-waste, self-sustaining vision of the future, where household appliances ran on food and human waste, powered by a "bio-digester island" that converted food scraps into methane, which in turn powered a range and heated water.