The problem with how the end of the world is usually depicted is that it's always a bitter end. And if by "world" we mean thermo-industrial civilizations in particular, then it's as if we couldn't picture a decent existence without the market ruling over it — should the pillars of western modernity fail, surely this would spell doom, gloom, and more doom.
But maybe not. Imagine for an instant a "good collapse." One where facing the many predicaments that lurk on an ever-closer horizon, modern society would — rather than desperately hope for the next app to solve the climate crisis — seek to retire itself gracefully. Off the game board. In a sort of acceptance of civilizational failure. And summoning the extraordinary capabilities it has for waging war onto others, the same powers would be mustered to end modernity itself; all while ensuring people survive, albeit with less extravagant lifestyles. Now picture the industry, the economy, the people, all coming together to achieve mass deindustrialization and statelessness, but happily. Sustaining the analogy to war, this could be achieved by training citizens and manufacturing not only the commodities, but also the conditions of their survival.
The personal assistant shown here is one of many objects designed for the preparedness and survival of Pyria's citizens — the fictional collapsing state at the core of the project 'GRASIAS — the Good Collapse'. It's an attempt at reexploring the shape and purpose of computation in the context of survival — assuming the organized end of society couldn't be just some digital detox. Originally named 'Aidador Personal per Survive' or 'APSU', it is built as a solid, durable, and energy efficient piece of hardware where apparent low-tech is met with the crème de la crème of Pyria's chip manufacturing. Ultimately, APSU is dedicated to assisting the less prepped by offering a massive knowledge base of practical tips: how to forage, how to build various useful items, fix things, but also medical and emotional assistance.
Chelo Lucas Valdés