The Plug: Euthanasia in Dementia
This design fiction by Marije de Haas critically investigates Advance Euthanasia Directives in Dementia based on person autonomy.
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.
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.