Capitalist dystopia prediction: future office buildings will have "custom" interior air mixtures with decreased CO2, slightly increased oxygen, and, if costs permit, some of the nitrogen replaced with inert gasses like neon, krypton or argon. The end result is that the air is more "energizing" (and healthier too), leading to an subtle positive stimulus associated with being in the office, whereas being outside or at home the stimulus is absent.

Also filters to keep out future SARS-CoV-2 strains and the like, of course.

The CO2 levels in *regular meetings* has been shown to reach levels where judgment is impacted if they go on longer than ~1 hour. There is probably *already* research going on into how to solve this.

@vikxin I still remember what it's like in a conference room after back-to-back closed-door 1-hour meetings all day, ugh

@rey yeah turns out that's actually really unhealthy

@jahtnamas it sure is!! But you can't tell me it sounds unrealistic :ohno:

@vikxin Huh, isn't nitrogen /itself/ an inert gas? What's the benefit of replacing it with higher-order ones?

@IceWolf Nitrogen is bioactive, and there is some research to show that it is very slightly toxic as a gas. Hypothetically reduction of exposure to it may extend longevity as a result. Research is ongoing.

@IceWolf it sounds wild considering the atmosphere is *mostly* nitrogen, but life is very complicated, it turns out

@vikxin oh my God I simultaneously think this is a great and terrible idea

@digifox if it is done, it should be done in all buildings, not just commercial spaces.

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