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ESC: Bioengineer calls for personal health devices

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re: ESC: Bioengineer calls for personal health devices
RWatkins   5/4/2010 6:52:34 PM
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When reading such articles, I am always concerned about two things: 1. The presenter is actually proposing something that is of great benefit to himself in continued research and development money, but has yet to be really proven in field application for even limited populations (for example astronauts or pilots or soldiers...). 2. The technology proposed will yet again subject the entire populace in whom it is installed to potentially very serious privacy and security issues. Further, depending on the technology, the lack of security may have serious or even life-threatening ramifications.

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ConsumerEngineer   4/29/2010 2:03:08 PM
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This type of article belongs in the National Enquireer alongside the articles about Elvis still being alive. In the 1950's they thought we would have personal flying cars, nuclear powered cars, and cures to all diseases by NOW. They thought a global winter was coming and nuclear bombs would need to be exploded to warm the earth. A year or so ago people thought that we should sacrifice everything to stop global warming. This type of talk of beginning to implement nano-scale bioengineering is just as poorly thought out and dangerous. Look at Lee's statement about diet and cancer. It's as falacious as the 10 day weather forecast! We need to take the responsibility more seriously as leaders in engineering not to place marketing and career hype so high on our priorities as to mislead and deceive the public. The public, our communities and our families, need reasoned, sober guidance based on solid scientific and engineering experience and knowledge.

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