Big Data is Coming to Your Bloodstream
The technological advance of biomedical sensors will soon move beyond counting calories and enter a stage where every conceivable piece of private data is shared between groups.
What's the Latest Development?
The kinds of sensors that currently monitor your heart rate and measure the calories you have burned during exercise are advancing rapidly as companies race to create a new field of nano-scale, wearable medical sensors. The British company Proteus, for example, will soon begin a pilot program for a 'Digital Health Feedback System' that combines both wearable technologies and microchips the size of a sand grain that ride a pill right through you. "Powered by your stomach fluids, it emits a signal picked up by an external sensor, capturing vital data."
What's the Big Idea?
Companies and healthcare providers alike envision a brave new future of medicine where massive amounts of highly personal data are shared seamlessly across various digital platforms. "For those of you troubled by Facebook claiming the right to know whether you like cats when you sign up, this is probably a significantly bigger deal." The legal and corporate distinctions that regulate the exchange of data were created before the development of digital technology, for a world "where we weren’t able to see so much of each other, or deduce one behavior by crunching the data from several other sources."
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Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday.
- Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival of Saturnalia.
- The historical Jesus was not born on December 25th as many contemporary Christians believe.
- Many staple Christmas traditions predated the festival and were tied into ancient pagan worship of the sun and related directly to the winter solstice.
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