Skip to comments.‘Smart pills’ with chips, cameras and robotic parts raise legal, ethical questions
Posted on 05/24/2014 5:47:52 PM PDT by mandaladon
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Each morning around 6, Mary Ellen Snodgrass swallows a computer chip. Its embedded in one of her pills and roughly the size of a grain of sand. When it hits her stomach, it transmits a signal to her tablet computer indicating that she has successfully taken her heart and thyroid medications.
See, said Snodgrass, checking her online profile page. With a few swipes she brings up an hourly timeline of her day with images of white pills marking the times she ingested a chip. I can see it go in. The pill just jumped onto the screen. Snodgrass a 91-year-old retired schoolteacher who has been trying out the smart pills at the behest of her son, an employee at the company that makes the technology is at the forefront of what many predict will be a revolution in medicine powered by miniature chips, sensors, cameras and robots with the ability to access, analyze and manipulate your body from the inside.
As the size and cost of chip technology has fallen dramatically over the past few years, dozens of companies and academic research teams are rushing to make ingestible or implantable chips that will help patients track the condition of their bodies in real time and in a level of detail that they have never seen before.
Several have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including a transponder containing a persons medical history that is injected under the skin, a camera pill that can search the colon for tumors, and the technology, made by Proteus Digital Health, that Snodgrass is using. That system is being used to make sure older people take their pills; it involves navigating a tablet and wearing a patch, which some patients might find challenging.
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There can be no other than a sh*tty end to this technology.
Reminds me about the old moron joke about the “smart pills”.
Wow that’s awesome, so like in the future instead of Democrats spending years indoctrinating kids to communism and Islam in public schools like they do now, you can simply give them a pill that will make them programmable. Have little nanobots that can rewire their neurons until they believe Obama is a Prophet and their only function is to serve the state.
Is that the one involving rabbit turds?
I can see it now: Take your Prozac on time or else.
Sex offenders can be chemically castrated. If they do not self-medicate the parole officer could be automatically notified and a warrant could be issued to apprehend the reoffender.
Schizophrenics the stop taking their medication could also be put on a re-apprehend list.
Reminds me of an old joke. There was a kid in school who was always talking down to the other kids. One day a boy brought some rabbit turds to school. The smart kid asked “What are those?”
The kid took one and chewed it up and said “That taste like rabbit turds.”
The boy who brought the “pills” said “See? You’re getting smarter already.”
They already believe Obama is a profit. Most of them can’t spell.
These concerns sound like a bunch of tripe though I’d hate to get hacked and learn that ‘All your colon are belong to us.”
Now the admin can spy on our intestines but we still don’t know who the usurper really is.
Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom
The old “smart pill” joke has been lying in wait just waiting to be resurrected,I see.
“There can be no other than a sh*tty end to this technology.”
And just think of what all those RFID chips will do down at the sewage treatment plant. Maybe the next terrorist attack will be to our sewers.