My mom told me about this article (it’s in dutch) she read this week, it’s quit interesting: http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/regio/limburg/1.1752170
It’s about a Belgian Industrial Engineer from UHasselt who invented an application who could look up diseases in your blood. The only thing you need is a small (not bigger than a USB stick) device that you connect to your phone trough the headset plug. And if you put a little drop of blood or urine on that device it can search for diseases and/or substances. side-note: At this moment it can only trace some substances (like histamine).
But that’s not the point. The most important part of this article is that it point out that we are only at the beginning of a new era. An era where smartphones (or do I need to call them smart devices?) are going to get a real deep impact on the life of us as humans. They are not going to be just a communication tool, or a gadget collector, they are going to be life-determining devices. They are going to be our digital “us”. Our digital life/ passport/ health register/ life controller…
And in some way that’s maybe a good thing: like in this example, it can make a much faster diagnose of your blood. You don’t need to send you blood first to a lab to get it analyzed. It can be immediately checked at your doctors or even at home!
But, and this is something we really need to watch out for, where is the line? And how do we protect our-self from the outside? Because although a lot of these things are handy stuff, but it’s also dangerous that every little detail of our personal, social and in the future maybe medical life and history is going to be on smart devices and thus online. The privacy of a human is going to be absolute zero. And thus: where is the line? Do we need to sacrifice our privacy for our health? Do weed need to accept that we just can’t have any medical/personal secrets so we could live longer?
So maybe it’s a good question to you, my readers: where do you draw the line? What is and isn’t acceptable when it comes down to us & our person versus the smart devices getting smarter and better?