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  •  This is quite scary to me because the (1+ / 0-)
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    human body is so fraught with subtleties and unique reactions to outside stimulation in its quest for homeostasis that all the individual reactions couldnt possibly be so black and white as to be put in a database of possibilites that produces a concrete diagnosis. And I wouldnt trust said technology if it seemed to. Look, we are barely on the threshhold of understanding the deep ways that the human body works...we still cannot even provide such fundamentals as defining what sleep is,or what makes the initial electrical currents begin in the heart, or the mind body connection of illness. Heck, we cannot even 'cure' any disease beyond infection, we simply cut out the offending body part or hand out medications to treat symptoms, often at a peril worse than the said problem. This technology is too soon...before can be more comprehensively diagnosed and we still have to be able to actually irradicte the problems once it can do that or what's the point? More meds? And this is just the medical diagnositic side to it. Do we really want to look at the health industires technology being sold to us as consumers? Look how well that captialism is working out in other areas!

    •  You raise some good points (1+ / 0-)
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      But I think you're overestimating the difficulty of the problem here. The deep ways the body works are certainly worthy of more study - but we already have a huge amount of data on the basics. Yes, there are some really tough to diagnose conditions that take a lot of expertise and testing to diagnose correctly - but there are also quite a few that are pretty straightforward, and where getting them diagnosed quickly can make a big difference, or just being able to monitor them on a day to day basis.

      If you don't like the way the health care industry works currently, this device is disruptive technology that's going to force changes across the whole system. We're about due.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sat May 18, 2013 at 12:46:54 PM PDT

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      •  Myabe, but wanting something to change (0+ / 0-)

        without directing how it changes can often leave changes you may not be happy about. IOW be careful what you wish for if you arent aware of unintended consequences.

        •  Well, sometimes you have to take a leap (0+ / 0-)

          There are some consequences you can only find by experience - no way to predict them. They are not always negative - and if the situation you're currently in is less than desirable, taking a leap based on your best estimates of what you do know is not unreasonable. In fact, it may be unreasonable NOT to take that leap.

          Every solution creates new problems. The trick is making sure they replace your old problems instead of adding to them. If you're headed in the right direction, it's the price to be paid.

          "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

          by xaxnar on Sun May 19, 2013 at 04:19:32 PM PDT

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