Technology & Society
Technology Miscellaneous & Futurology
o Instant replay, slowmotion, multiangle, etc.
Goal line technology (Goal Control = series of 14 cameras and can
instantaneously tell you if a goal was actually scored, soccer)
• Can keep the flow of the game going
StatsVU (Basketball video technology) = Big Data
• Records everything happening on the court (can track
plays, speed, dribbles, etc.)
• Problem is they need people to understand and interpret
• Doping refers to any banned performanceenhancing drug
or procedure directly on the body
• Why not allow athletes to take PEDs?
o Where is the line between training and
Today’s athletes have better nutrition,
equipment, training, medicine, conditions,
Ex. Kobe Bryant’s knee surgery, testosterone
o Online selfdiagnosis
o Each month, over 87 million unique viewers
o Women, earn at least $75,000/year, if a parents,
white, college degree ▯people most likely to self
o Financed through advertising, especially
• Commonly leads to error
• Very objective when it comes to health
o Birth Control
Do women need to have their period?
The pill empowered women at the time of its creation; another
wave of feminism
Male Birth Control (RISUG) = best form of birth control for men
in the world (15 minutes with a doctor; procedure); 100% effective • developed in India about 20 years ago
• we haven’t heard about it because it is too inexpensive so
condom companies would not profit, etc.
• can reverse the procedure easily
• could have an effect preventing HIV
o Genetic Testing
Human Genome Project (1990) = goal was to map all the genes in
the human genome to understand their function
• One of the most important projects in human history
About halfway through the first decade of its creation , they
reached the second half of the chessboard (progress is explosive)
so finish within a decade
Now the next step is to see what we can do with it…raises ethical
Link to Abortion? Can find out if kid will have developmental
disorder, etc. Is it okay for people to make decisions based on what
you find in the human genome?
o The future of medicine:
• 60,000 people die from bed sores every year
• it stimulates the blood flow, etc. to keep these sores from
VetiGel (AntiBleeding Gel)
• Take healthy skin cells and put them in the gun to spray
onto the burn wound
• Helps with speed because burned skin is prone to infection
Therapy & Personality/Memory Disorders
• SimSensei = avatar therapist
• MultiSense used to monitor the user’s facial cues, voice
tones, gestures, etc.
Can your brain be hacked?
• Shine light into brain to activate certain regions so that you
can control emotions and physical motion
• Can wipe painful memories and help people with physical
disorders. Ethical questions.
• Addiction elimination
Bionics and electronic implants
• New limbs
o We need inexpensive prosthetics because people
that need them most are in developing countries
where they cannot afford these prosthetics o Bionic hand that allows you to actually feel by
hooking into nervous system
o Bring sight back to people who are blind
o Bionic eyes. Again, ethical questions
• Health monitoring
o Chip implanted that shows on the skin and through
a Bluetooth connection, it can send the information
to a doctor
o Can predict heart attacks in advance based on
certain chemicals emitted, etc.
o Tattoos and implants (tattoo info about you which
can be tracked)
o DNA Analysis
23 and Me = spit DNA test
• FDA just ceased and desist them
because test should be labeled as
• Disruptive technology
• Cyborgs, Clones, Robots
o What does it mean to “be human”?
Alan Turing and the Turing Test
• One of the most important scientists in history
• England 1912
• Math genius
• Openly gay in a place an time when homosexuality was
• Interested in AI and postulated the Turing Machine which
calculated everything (i.e. a computer)
• Turing designs an electromechanical machine to break a
complicated code for the Germans in WWII
• Depressed because of antigay chemical treatments and ate a
cyanidelaced apple to kill himself
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
• Enhancement of human (extra arms, etc.)
• Singularity = the moment in time when humans will be
able to put your being/mind into a computer; when we
reach that point, we won’t need bodies anymore
o Is it alright to have sex with your own clone?
Consider the problems with cloning technology
Is it cheating?
We’re on the second half of the chessboard Can you marry your clone? Kill it?
o Will cyborgs/clones/robots take our jobs?
By 2020, 25% of all soldiers in the field will be robots
PETMAN = human robot
Will we have to protect the “naturals”?
• The future of travel
o Driverless automobiles – Google
• 90% reduction in accidents
o maneuvered over 300,000 miles, 2 accidents that
were the fault of the human
o help reduce fatalities
• 90% reduction wasted commuting
o significantly reduce the amount of traffic (can get
much closer and go faster because driven by
computers) – could help China and everyone can
• 90% reduction in cars
o less steel and plastics being wasted because most of