Sunday, August 18, 2019

Comments by laurakkerr

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  • Michael,

    Thank you for your thought-provoking reflections on this disturbing trend.

    I think Proteus Digital Health is capitalizing on fear. Mass shootings and other forms of terrorism cause a lot of laypersons, politicians and institutions to scapegoat the mentally ill, and many believe the unsubstantiated connection between mental illness and violence that seems to drive interest in devices like a “chip in a pill.”

    But I doubt this will stop with the mentally ill. I can imagine people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in Proteus’ cross hairs, along with other populations who either can’t defend their rights or their rights have been taken away.

    Yet I also think the real profit for such a device is likely in hospitals and other inpatient facilities as a way to monitor patient care. If this is the case, then I would think those defined as “mentally ill” may be a bit like guinea pigs, and a way to test the efficacy of a product before it becomes a larger scale venture.