Swallow a pill and a tiny sensor in it transfers health information about your body to your smartphone. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Or does it?
There are MANY companies racing to produce the next big thing in medicine, from monitoring heart rate, diagnosis of small bowel and colon problems, diagnosing diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s, this technology is bound to advance the medical industry substantially.
One company, Proteus Digital Health predicts that half of medications will be digitized by 2020.
New pills and patches can make monitoring health as easy as checking an app on your smartphone. But could this put personal health information at risk?
As we all droop from the heat of summer in America, it’s a depressing thought to imagine that water shortages could spell an end to making lemonade or running thru the sprinkler on your lawn or hanging out at a pool or beach with your friends or biting into a sweet juicy peach grown by a local farmer (all particularly summer-y type activities that are generally associated with the U.S.). But it may not be as far fetched as one might suppose - and it may have a financial repercussions worldwide, too!
Since 2011 companies have spent more than $84bn worldwide to improve the way they conserve, manage or obtain water, according to data from Global Water Intelligence, regulatory disclosures and executive interviews with the Financial Times.
Please take some time to check out the article by Pilita Clark linked below . Admittedly, it’s a lengthy read, but absolutely fascinating (and slightly terrifying!) in the details about the many areas of the globe that have already begun preparations in hopes of staving off the worst effects of the ‘evaporation’ of this most precious commodity.
(P.S. Note her mention of Coca-Cola and their project with World Wildlife Fund – I talked about their work in my blog post on June 27th. Here’s another chance to click on the panda to explore different career paths for yourself)
As more and more emphasis is placed on finding alternative means of energy, here’s an interesting story on Geothermal out of American Samoa.
“The American Samoa Power Authority has teamed up with Quantec Geoscience to look for a source of geothermal energy beneath certain parts of Tutuila, as confirmed by ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae in response to Samoa News queries. The hope is that this form of renewable energy will be able to replace diesel fired power plants in the territory …this project is designed to cost effectively map the deep layers of rock and water beneath certain parts of Tutuila without the expense and impacts of drilling.”
Everyone likes to believe they could be an A+ level student or a sought after subject matter expert or the world’s most renowned someone or just darn good at SOMETHING! Maybe you’ll have that opportunity with a boost from technology being investigated at Wright State U in Ohio… Learn more about transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Basically, it’s a device that uses electricity to stimulate your brain in all the right places. (Have a peek at their internal university posting, too, on Wright State University Newsroom and explore other avenues available to you at the school.)
While there is humor in this article, the concepts discussed may actually have validity in the days, weeks, months, & years to come. Certainly if we can’t figure out ways to reverse the damage we’ve done to the planet that supports human life, perhaps human life will have to adapt to remain its inhabitants…
“In the far future, might we consider changing human biology to avoid the worst effects of climate change? Frank Swain explores an intriguing thought experiment.”