I am asking this question because it wont be long before we will all have wearable Technology on our wrists.
They will know you better than you know yourself.
Monitoring you around the clock. From birth to death, transferring the collected data to persons unborn thereby enhancing the value of their wrists remote oversight.
The prize for such wearable technologist will be slavery.
Its only around the corner when a glance at the smart phone app will let you know exactly what your four-legged friend is up to and whether you are in need of a service.
The real value of technology depends on human interaction from design to utility.
Just imagine wearing a device in the obvious place and it’ll measure your calories burned and thrusts per minute as well as suggest the correct tempo to work at. (Your are too late it already exists)
What is on the horizon when it comes to Medicine and medical care.
Since data is the lifeblood of science, we’re going to get a lot smarter about some data leading to peer communities that will probably rely on a lot of technology and they’re going to have algorithms guiding their treatment or their path.
Already there are amazing advances on the horizon that will do everything from predicting depression using geo-location on smart phones to printing out organs.
The regulation of these applications moving forward has yet to be determined.
The medical community is just beginning to understand that these digital breadcrumbs called Bio Mechanics, (The measurement your heart rate and breathing patterns from beneath your sheets to tell how deep you’re sleeping and even when you initiated your shuteye in the first place, the correction of your posture, the measurement of perspiration, the sensing and skin temperature recording, the measurement of your pulse by using LEDs that highlight the speed of blood flowing through your capillaries) are all going to be liable to legal scrutiny.
If they are not there is going to be hell to play between interactive clothing design, smart textiles and wearable microelectronics.
Or will it be the users that determines whether wearable technology is a cost-driver, a cost-saver, quality controller, error creator, a great equalizer or disruptor and in doing so wearing the device will grant legal immunity to the producer of such technology.
It is this dichotomy—the ability to heal or harm that intrigues me.
From the operating room to the living room, phone applications are increasingly used by providers and patients alike for medicine care.
Take for instance Electronic medical records. (EMRs)
These digital records store the health information of millions of patients. EMRs can be a great money saver in medicine because they will become more interoperable and move into the hands of patients or should I say on to the wrists.
The drawback is that IT systems don’t care if the guy went to the intensive care unit two hours later or was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 20 years later. Just give us the data and we will put it on his wrist.
Whether we like it or not wearable tech will define humanity’s future.
Technology always changes social relationships so it stands to reason that the relationship of patient – doctor is also going to change.
All of these devices will spit out ridiculous amounts of data of all forms, so this big data world that we’re already in – is going to accelerate. Also we’re going to get a lot smarter about some pretty fundamental things, whether it’s genomics or self-diagnosis or how errors happen.
Then, because we’re putting all this power into the hands of so many people all around the world, it seems certain that the scale, pace, and scope of innovation are going to increase.
So why not cure ourselves.
The question of whether computers would ultimately replace the diagnostic work of clinicians, predictions by and large, has not pan out as yet.
When I see a flu symptom data set, that stops we getting a cold I might ware a wrists band.
When patients are reduced to templates, you can forget it. Hype shouldn’t be mistaken for justification.
Physicians use “the eyeball test” — their intuition, drawn from subtle cues that are not (currently) captured in the data — to make a clinical judgment.
The Wearable war is only just starting. There’s no better time to get familiar and get involved like the present.
It is all down to deep learning — is just blowing the doors off the competition.
We should all be careful before we all become Google or Apple Slaves.
“OK, Glass, Google ‘What’s the correct dose of Temazepam?’” Likewise, the gadget could also document a patient visit, such as storing a photo of a skin rash or an audio recording of a conversation.
Would you feel comfortable if your physician examined you while wearing Google Glass? Or would you record your own doctor’s visit using Glass?