From New York Times* reporter Nick Bilton we hear that soon your medical specialist may tell you:

“Take two of these ingestible computers [as pills], and they’ll email me in the morning.

 

Such directions–for the time being, anyway–will not come from a robot, but from your friendly, and very busy, family doctor.

 

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[We break into our philosophy/science/religion series for this recent announcement.]

 

Restless computers are no longer content to lie on your lap. They clamor to get inside you. And they will become part of the “new medicine” that lies ahead, as we learn more, and demand the best possible treatment for the body that houses the part of our 3 billion heartbeats we have left.

Some start-ups like Google Glass and Proteus Digital Health, just to name two, are “attaching” and “putting inside” people pill-sized devices that can reveal to the outside world some of our deepest physical secrets. And, according to the NYT (7-9-13), “there are [also] protypes of ingestible devices that can do things like automatically open car doors or fill in passwords.”

Although such devices have already been used in “extreme professions” like space travel, as soon as next year, “your family physician–at least if he is technologically savvy–could also have them in his medicinal tool kit.”

Says Eric E. Schmidt, CEO of Google [in the NYT article], “You will–voluntarily, I might add–take a pill, which you think of as a pill but is in fact a microscopic robot, which will monitor your systems” and wirelessly transmit what is happening. “If it makes the difference between health and death, you’re going to want this thing.”

Another example from this article: “As  a Proteus [see above] pill hits the bottom of your stomach, it sends information to a cell-phone app through a patch worn on the body. The tiny computer can track behaviors–’did Grandma take her pills today, and at what time?’–and monitor how a patient’s body is responding to medicine.”

Consider these factors as the Obamacare Package is unwrapped.

More, of course, later…

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* Our source for this is Nick Bilton’s article in the New York Times as reported in the Scranton, PA, Times-Tribune on July 9, 2013.