Blind Tech, Senior Surveillance and Stress

BrainGrain — Dec. 31. 2015
  1. Blind Sweet Spot

Until now, our four legged best friends have been taking care of many of their blind human folks. Guide dogs have proven to be excellent everyday necessities for visually impaired people that still want to cope with daily routines. Dogs have proven to be the most suited for this job.

With a little bit of luck and patience, technological advancements can potentially even further increase blind people’s quality of life.

“Universities and companies like IBM, Microsoft and Baidu are working on technologies ranging from smart glasses to better computer-vision software that could one day serve as digital eyes for the estimated 285 million visually impaired people worldwide.”

2. — Tech That Failed

“As quickly as the fad took off, popular hoverboards were pulled by Amazon and banned by airlines as a threat.”

and everybody could go on living a peaceful life without any further distractions.

Nonsense, 2015 was filled with technological disasters like the mentioned exploding hoverboards. MIT summarizes this year in horrible technology with 6 worthy mentions of nanotainers, coal power, gene editing, Yahoo and phone records.

3. — Senior Health Surveillance

Reading the numbers, health tracking for senior citizens seems like a worthwhile endeavor.

“The data from the pilot project look promising. A cohort of 34 older adults who used the Healthsense monitoring system had around 50 percent fewer emergency room visits and hospital admissions than those with similar health issues who didn’t have the sensors.”

On the other hand, it is quite appropriate to ask how far tracking mechanisms can invade people’s privacy and how much personal data is needed to make important medical decisions?! I certainly know that the last fitness tracker i tried did not help me get into shape. It just made me sad.

4. — Trauma, Stress and PTSD

“In the past 25 years, Yehuda has done as much as any scientist to understand the debilitating disorder. Yehuda, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, is the director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She has worked with war veterans, Holocaust survivors, and other trauma victims to gather insights for numerous research papers that detail the biological roots of PTSD.”

5. — Daily Outliers

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