A doomsday bunker envisioned by California company Vivos can offer you, your family, and 4,000 other people the chance to escape the end of the world in a network of 20 underground shelters. Surely even the skeptics can't resist the allure of scary music played over scenes of comfortable underground habitation, as NPR's All Tech Considered reports.
The company claims to be a privately-funded venture with no religious affiliations, except perhaps to the gods of commerce. It certainly takes an agnostic view by listing all the possible reasons why you might want to pony up and help build those $10 million bunkers, including predictions by Nostradamus, the Mayans, the Hopi, and the Bible.
That's not to say that we don't like our apocalypse-survival equipment, but Vivos goes all out by promising a survival shelter stocked with power generation, water wells, filtration systems, sewage disposal, a year's supply of food, security devices and medical equipment.
Of course, you'll need all that if you believe disaster may strike at any moment because of a polar shift, super volcano eruptions, solar flares, nuclear war, and "even the return of Planet X (known as Niburu or Nemesis)," Vivos cheerfully states.
Did we mention that there's a 2012 countdown clock on the company website?
We do have to appreciate the small touches, such as the Vivos logo on one of the communal dining room screens, because nothing cheers up post-apocalyptic survivors like a friendly reminder of the corporation that they paid to save them. Let's just hope the grateful customers don't get jealous of whatever mineshaft space Vivos has saved for itself, and go out looking to close the mineshaft gap.
[via All Tech Considered]
So its airtight almost has a life support system, almost looks like it would make a decent prototype for an early mars colony hab.
@animemaster Good point. Maybe they should be applying for those NASA SBIR grants.
@Jeremy Hsu: maybe thats who is funding them in the first place.
I much preferred the Art Deco aesthetic of Vault-Tec to that of this Vivos upstart
I emailed them to let them know how I feel about there project and this is the response i received.
"Thank you for your interest in Vivos. Due to the tremendous interest in the Vivos shelter network, we are unable to respond to every email. However, every message is reviewed and when appropriate, or necessary, we will directly respond to you."
"their" project, sheesh, sorry
I wonder if they supply you with a Pipboy 3000?
Just remember, it's Vault-Tec secure!
Waltz - it is simply shocking that they didn't want to know how [you] "feel about there project". Clearly your, as most of the above opinions provide a great deal of enlightenment to the subject that you obviously know nothing about!
I bet you will be the first one to be banging on the Vivos door with the crap hits the fan!
So... we have water chips AND vaults now? Better speed up the construction of my starship...
Ah, so now they have emailed me a quote
"Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
I'm guessing they disagree with my assessment.
@batteryoperated, of course I will. I haven't the money to invest, buy, or anything with their project. I'll be crashing, but I'll at least bring a keg, maybe even two!
Looks like a lot of wasted space. Plants in a little lobby area in the hall and seating areas with huge chairs.
Except the living quarters where there are bunk beds. This place sucks. Where's the bar?
Who designed this thing?
Oh for ****s sake!
It's just the long count of the mayan calendar rolling over; they didn't even predict that anything of particular importance would happen that date. Even if they had made such a prediction it would just have been a bunch of tosh fabricated out of whole cloth by people so primitive they figured the length of a year to be 360 days.
Wow, that is a nice looking bunker dude, WOw.
My question is this: if the world comes to an end and society as we know it gets wiped out of existance, How will they make sure that you keep up the monthly payments on your bunker?
The fact of the matter is, sure, its pretty cool, but the most a bunker will do is prolong the inevitable. If a meteor hits the earth, big enough to impact the entire planet, all life on the surface is going to die. A plume of ash will envelope the surface for months or years (depending on the size of the meteor). The ash will block any sunlight hitting the earth, killing all plants. Obviously plants are the first step in the food chain, and it will just work its way to the herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. So lets just say the system keeps you alive for a year (food supply last ~1 year, supposedly). Once you get back on the surface, theres going to be nothing to eat. No food = starvation.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather die quick by an awesome flaming ball of meteor igniting the surface of the earth, than slowly due to starvation.
Sometimes you just have to take life as it is. Maybe there's more meaning behind death than that which lay on the surface. Maybe we're meant to die. Besides, if I had enough money to buy/fund one of these bunkers, i'd rather go out and spend it on fast cars, expensive hookers and fine alcoholic beverges. Heres a suggestion, live well while you can, because living in a cramped, stuffy bunker isn't living at all.
Oh, geez, scifiguy!
Obviously, their Accounts Receivable Department is in one of those shelters.
Anyone should be able to figure that one out...
Well, yeah we're meant to die, but some of us must survive long enough to reproduce and ensure the species as a whole survives. As far as surviving a meteor impact goes, IMHO, the answer is NOT a bunker, as I agree with you that starvation would set in. Picture a space station with greenhouses and water recycling devices that won't have the problem of years of darkness. That is your insurance policy.
''...remember, in Vault 101, no one ever enters, and no one ever leaves''
Hahaha! This is ridiculous! Really makes me remember Vault-Tec! Then I bet all this is a huge sociological experiment!
I agree with Segerson! A simple bunker is ridiculous! No animals, no plant, no repopulation plan?
And, in the first place, 2012 is just another Doomsday fanatic thing amplified by internet and the medias! Apocalypse sell well!
Stupidity has no limit...
Agreed...the stupidity of these comments. Does anyone out there have a better solution, or are you going to sit there with you keyboards and fingers up your butt while the shit hits the fan? For SciFi enthusiasts you show a great lack of understanding of the probability for such catastrophes and what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Or, are you going to get your gun and bag of rice and and survive.
Ooops, I forgot...the world would be better off without you! Vivos is very cool...great plan!!!
Agreed...the stupidity of these comments. Does anyone out there have a better solution, or are you going to sit there with your keyboards and fingers up your butt while the shit hits the fan? For SciFi enthusiasts you show a great lack of understanding of the probability for such catastrophes and what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Or, are you going to get your gun and bag of rice and survive.
Ooops, I forgot...the world would be better off without you! Vivos is very cool...great plan!!!
sure sounds a lot like Fallout 3 to me haha.
Clear people did not take note of the fact that it is a shelter built for 4,000 that will last a year. You can also look at it as a shelter accommodating 4 person for 1,000 years. By which time, the earth would have recovered and your family can surface to repopulated the world. Bill Gate and others like him can afford several.
as soon doomsday comes people will fight over this underground bunker this place will not last for long.
The world won't end in 2012!
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i suggest that anyone who gets the vault atmatcally gets chased down be those guys with the those "the WORLD WILL End
"posters.plus they are chased by aliens that are with the secrect service.(plz ecuse spelling)
When you see the big flash or wall of water run towards it....It is your friend