An in-depth look at modern technology and its effects on our physical and mental health.
Technology and health Technology’s main purpose is to implement our scientific knowledge to increase abilities and performance This has led to technology continually taking leaps forward to help us medically and educationally These leaps currently give us the biggest advantage in history to be healthier and smarter.
The Internet Biggest technological innovation to date, allowing anyone to connect to an infinite source of knowledge The digital revolution has made the internet a household staple in many world cultures. Benefits from popularity, allowing people to communicate and filter current knowledge.
The Internet (cont) The internet benefits both our mind and bodies by simply supplying a knowledge resource. People used to depend on libraries / books to learn something they were curious about, which now takes minutes. As nutritional and exercise science advance, knowledge and guides on the internet can give definitive knowledge to increase health
The Internet (cont) The internet is open for anyone and is mostly opinion based With anyone uploading anything they want, there is nothing filtering information for accuracy. This makes it the responsibility of the user to find sources they can trust in order to learn quality information.
Bioprinting 3d printing was founded by Charles Hull in 1984 with his company 3D Systems 1 While they become cheaper to produce, their popularity is at an all time high and looking to become a mainstream device2 Decades of advancement has led to the next major step forward in medical technology: printing organs into a human being
Bioprinting (cont) In 2009 Oraganovo developed a “Bioprinter” which uses all of the current 3d printing technology to print organs using human tissue3 The end goal is the ability to print organs needed for transplants, with smaller surgeries printing the required tissue directly into the patient Currently the organs are being used by pharmaceutical companies to test their products on humans without risking the safety of living people4
Bioprinting (cont) These artificially created organs, if implemented correctly, will save millions of lives from overcrowded transplant waiting lists The main ethical concern is allowing anyone to design their own organs, and accepting modified organs as “natural” Can eventually replace high level surgeons with machines to perform complex surgery faster and more accurately
Project Glass Developed by Google, first displayed to the public in Febuary 2012 Also reffered to as “Augmented Reality Glasses”, the glasses display digital information such as reminders and weather updates5 The glasses have the potential to calculate distances, measurements, and solve problems instantly
Project Glass (cont) Could be used help visually impaired people make out important things in front of them, as well as guide and teach the mentally challenged. They could as be implemented professionally, helping surgeons and engineers dotheir jobs faster and with improved accuracy
External Links: TED Talk: Bioprinting a human kidneyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RMx31GnNXY Google’s futuristic view of project glass:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c6W4CCU9M4
References 1 P Reynolds, (2012, May 8). The History of 3D Printing http://www.squidoo.com/3d-printing-jewellery 2 C Davies, (2011, December 22). 3D printing: Another dimension to the design process. Retrieved from: http://www.manufacturingdigital.com/people_skills/3d-printing-another- dimension-to-the-design-process 3 A Saenz, (2009, December 3). Organovo has its first commercial 3D Bioprinter. Retrieved from: http://singularityhub.com/2009/12/03/organovo- has-its-first-commercial-3d-bioprinter/ 4 R King, (2012, January 09). Bioprinting: the 3D future of organ transplants. Retrieved from: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/bioprinting-the- 3d-future-of-organ-transplants-01092012.html 5 J Rivington, (2012, july 26). Project Glass: What you need to know. Retrieved from: http://www.techradar.com/news/video/project-glass-what-you-need-to- know-1078114