In a nutshell: Super Lung replaces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with oxygen using algae. It is a frontier concept that explores the potential of the lungs and breathing.
Breathing is both a strength and weakness of mammals: it can promote the spread of a virus or relax the mind. Airborne diseases themselves are caused by structural inadequacies in the form of exhalation and inhalation, which are mammalian breathing methods.
How "algae" Super Lung behave
In the theoretical and aesthetic concept of these super lungs, the seaweed create a different type of airflow. A flow that separates the inhalation and exhalation organs through air pockets: a bit like the air flowing through the radiator grille of a combustion engine. Through this filtering "organ", CO2 is replaced with oxygen.
In the speculation of the designers (the Koreans Bongkyu Song, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho) these super lungs achieve 300% of the respiratory efficiency of normal mammals. In a hypoxic environment, this technique maximizes efficiency by lowering the exhalation rate, which is the most common source of infection.
Lungs for cyborgs
Super Lung is a conglomeration of technologies to modify the respiratory structure of birds, increase the efficiency of oxygen with less breathing and even increase the possibility of surviving in apnea in extreme conditions. Less breathing equals fewer infections, apnea equals zero infections.
Who knows if one day the evolution of such a system will replace the transplanted lungs in patients. A cyborg system, its creators say, that would change the human respiratory system making it virtually invulnerable to infection.
And it would replace more than 25.000 breaths a day with just one breath.