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Matt Hintzke

Student, Coffman Engineers, Inc

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Microsensors, Health, and Ethics

Simply put, would it be a great advantage to have, in the near future, microprocessing chips imbedded into humans that could simultaneously calculate vital signs and a number of other health related values; then send this data ONLY when one value reaches a problematic state such as cardiac arrest or low blood sugar for diabetes patients.
Or, does this kind of invasion procedure make conflict with human ethics knowing that your own body is being monitored 24/7 by a supercomputer?



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    Jun 6 2011: Hi Matt (again)

    My view: humans have been using tools for thousands of years. Some of these tools are mechanical, such as a shovel or a car, others chemical such as soap and or medicines and some are conceptual/social such as religions or motivational speakers. The step to have a computer interface with me is just an extension of these accepted practices. (Danger lurks everywhere but not usually in the substance of a machine, only in the hearts of men)

    So monitor away, I don't care. The thing I care about is whether the person monitoring means me harm. Getting tortured in a jail feels the same irrespective of how you got there.

    I think the more exciting part of the matters you raise relates to having access to everything in cyberspace, think how cool it would be to have chinese translated in your ear as you are talking, seeing maps appear translucently when in Paris etc etc

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