Mind Control and the Internet of Things November 14, 2014Posted by Nancy Hepp in Brave New World.
Tags: Internet of Things, mind control
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Two news articles this week fit our Brave New World posting category: artificial people on an artificial planet. Michael Lerner and Ted Schettler submitted these.
- Mind-control device lets people alter genes in mice through power of thought: The approach fuses the latest advances in cybernetics with those in synthetic biology by connecting a wireless headset that monitors brainwaves to an implant in the mouse that can change the rodent’s genes. The experiment could lead to the development of a radical new approach to the treatment of diseases. Scientists hope it is a first step towards the development of a system that will monitor brainwaves for signs of illnesses and automatically release medicines into the body to treat them.
- The creepy new wave of the Internet: The Internet of Things (IoT) will connect every thing with everyone in an integrated global network. People, machines, natural resources, production lines, logistics networks, consumption habits, recycling flows, and virtually every other aspect of economic and social life will be linked via sensors and software to the IoT platform, continually feeding Big Data to every node—businesses, homes, vehicles—moment to moment, in real time. One analysis believes that this IoT may be poised to “not merely redefine our relationship to machines and their relationship to one another, but to overtake and overthrow capitalism once the efficiencies of the Internet of Things undermine the market system.”
Fishy Guidelines November 10, 2014Posted by Nancy Hepp in breaking news.
Tags: fish consumption guidelines, mercury
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written by Nancy Hepp
Research and Communications Specialist
Four recent items left me scratching my head regarding fish consumption:
- Is that fish safe to eat? Sorting through new guidelines: After possibly scaring away too many people, especially pregnant and breastfeeding women and their growing kids, from eating fish due to fears of mercury, the Food and Drug Administration says that everyone should eat more fish.
- The FDA draft guidelines: Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know
- FDA’s proposed fish advisory could increase mercury poisoning: groups warn FDA experts at meeting this week: In comments to a federal risk communication meeting, the groups point out that recommendation to simply “eat more fish” is oversimplified and unlikely to achieve the intended benefits because methylmercury and omega-3 concentrations vary widely between fish species.
- Folks who eat fish tested, show high mercury levels: Health authorities in Michigan are awaiting test results for elevated levels of chemicals and metals in people who eat lots of Great Lakes fish. Blood and urine from volunteers in Michigan and two other states were tested for PCBs, pesticides, mercury, lead and cadmium.