Another 24-hour period on Earth, another story about technology and its effect.
In response, here is my ceditra entry from a shade over two years ago. On April 8, 2011, my utterly random method for choosing topics to write about (which uses no silicon) provided me with this entry from the dictionary…
a graft of tissue from one point to another of the same person’s body
Ain’t technology grand?
We’re now at a point in surgical technology where a burn victim can be helped to survive by taking a piece of skin from one point of the body and putting it over the burn.
This does raise the question of what happens to the gap in the skin where the healthy patch of dermis came from. I’m sure the creators of this procedure thought about this, but I would wonder how many technological advancements were made and touted as breakthrough only to discover there was some unintended consequences.
Well, there was the discovery of oil as an energy source whose continued use has led to the changing of our planet’s climate.
There was the discovery of thalidomide, a drug touted as beneficial for pregnant women but then was determined to cause birth defects.
There was the asbestos which was touted as a fire-retardant for buildings only to be later discovered that breathing in the fibers caused lung damage.
There was lead in paint in water pipes.
And then there are the countless experiences of humans introducing an animal species into a non-native environment to solve problems only to have that foreign species go haywire (please see kudzu, zebra mussels, cane toads, starlings).
Back to 2013 and the story about Google’s new policy about allowing users to decide what is to be done with their personal data after their death shows that the creation of the Internet and social media will continue to have ramifications to our society for years and decades to come.