The very old will be the guinea pigs of the “Internet of Things”.
Tomorrow’s wondrous “Internet of Things” could link our at-home smart appliances with personal medical monitors. It promises to greatly enhance seniors’ ability to live comfortably at home in spite of chronic health conditions. Alongside that promise, though, is the reality that nearly any online device can be hacked. Elders may be the “guinea pigs” of this new system, potentially betting their health on the future network’s security.
The Slate article we link to today takes a fascinating look at how technological advances in the delivery of health care can greatly improve how we age, and it raises important questions about how a new health care delivery system could be open to abuse. Author Joseph Coughlin is Director of MIT’s AgeLab, and Luke Yoquinto is a Boston-based science writer collaborating with the AgeLab.
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