It’s been a long week, and I’m just catching up on some reading.
These three items all feel like science fiction come to life, and they all fit into one of my favorite trends to follow, the internet of things.
This sounds like a cool idea for the wearer, except for this part:
They will also have a unique navigation system. “The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click,” Mr. Weintraub wrote this month. “We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.”
Ah technology. Sometimes I wonder if personal technology is a secret bet among companies to see just how dumb we’ll make ourselves look using it.
This one gives me night terrors. Especially this nugget:
Langer continues, stating that “you could literally have a pharmacy on a chip. You can do remote control delivery, you can do pulsatile drug delivery, and you can deliver multiple drugs.”
Um, yikes. Imagine if someone accidentally fills your Zocor prescription with Zoloft. Oops, my bad. And hey, if pacemakers can be compromised, I’m sure the pharmacy on a chip could be too.
Still, it’s a pretty awesome bit of technology. Most of the scary ones are.
Not as exciting as the other two, but it does open a scary door for remote attacks on connected vehicles. About a decade ago, I remember going off about cars and viruses as the great next attack vector. It was at some happy hour thing, and yeah, I sounded crazy. How you like me now?
Couple connected cars (now with apps!) with the Google driverless car project, and you’re looking at a very different drive to work in a few short years. Nevada recently outlined its plan for driverless cars; the more I think about this in terms of Las Vegas, the more sense it makes. Soon, Johnny Cabs will be shuttling people up and down the Strip, probably a good thing.
We live in crazy times.
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