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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    Jun 4 2011: My husband is using a Cardionet which is a heart monitoring system that tells his doctor of unhealthy events. Me, I am thankful that such technology exists. we don't consider that it is a breach of privacy. It is life saving.
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      Jun 6 2011: I should of been more specific,Government access aswel as your medical provider.Remember we are all born free,the right to live and breathe our planets air,whether they were born in africa,or afghanistan,palestine,dafur,brazil,china,i've seen the blatant use of political power used when a leader in a joking manner said though the country dose'nt like it it's going ahead anyway.Do you really think a government system would not want access to that kind of data?

      I know alot of people said to me "Not in my lifetime"
  • Jun 4 2011: We already have such chips for specific conditions like heart problems?

    I think as the world is becoming interconnected and digital, these sensors will become normal esp. for older population. I think this is a question of when rather than if =)
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    Jun 4 2011: i can't see a problem with it so long as your rights of privacy and no external body has access to the data collected,a tax system dose'nt need medical records,unless it wants tax projections and charge accordingly which is a breach in basic privacy.