While the singularity may still be a ways off, mankind has long marveled at analogies between the inner workings of the human body and the industrial processes of the modern world. The most famous of these design-minded biologists, German doctor, illustrator, and author Fritz Kahn, not only revealed startling similarities between the two, he invented the medium of infographics to do so.
Kahn’s ability to reframe the functions of the human body as industrial processes is quite uncanny. His drawings explained complex anatomy-like the circulatory, gastric, and cognitive systems—in terms that anyone can understand. Plus, they were funny.