The Perils of Connecting Our Bodies to the Internet


Oct 15, 2018

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This commentary originally appeared on The WorldPost (Washington Post) on October 15, 2018.

As smart devices in health care evolve, the line between human and machine is blurring—and creating new concerns about consumer safety and privacy rights. Smart contact lenses are being developed to monitor glucose levels and could eliminate the daily blood sugar pinprick for people with diabetes. You could even have an artificial lens implanted in your eye to correct your vision, but such lenses could also one day record everything you see. Bluetooth-equipped electronic pills are being developed to monitor the inner workings of your body, but they could eventually broadcast what you've eaten or whether you've taken drugs. And while you can restore hearing with a cochlear implant, be aware that it could log data on the audio environment surrounding you.…

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Mary Lee is a mathematician at the RAND Corporation.

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