Wearing your heart on your sleeve, using the internet of things for health purposes

Posted: February 28, 2012 in ethics

One impressive possible feature of the internet of things is improved health care. It will be possible for symptoms and behavior to be monitored in real time allowing for better diagnoses and more specific, accurate treatment suggestions. The company My Basis have the first health and heart rate monitor that one can wear on one’s wrist. Calories burned, sleeping habits and physical activity are all measured by the small yet powerful device. The measurements are linked to an individual online dashboard.

Being under complete surveillance while as seen in this case could be for our own good, could undoubtedly lead to instances where we question whether or not this is too much. While the list of positive possibilities seems long, this new incredibly detailed communication is all happening outside of our control which could lead to the results being different than those we envisioned.





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