Internet of People: the future of the Internet of Things in healthcare
This year, we will see more and more IoT devices perform diagnostic and therapeutic experiments on the human body; with the rapid increase of IoT innovation and the development of medical and device miniaturization, we are embarking on a personal super-connected journey. This will lead to many controversies: such as technological implants in the human body.
I have always been fascinated by movies that describe human beings reduced to a microscopic size, like the 1966 science fiction movie "A Wonderful Journey," in which a submarine carrying a crew is reduced and then injected into the blood of a dying person. Although this seemed dreamy at the time, it has now become a reality.
We see that many IoT micro devices are undergoing human experiments. Medical IoT micro-implants can detect diseases, control pain, and even interpret signals from the brain, and transmit the signals to other parts of the body to treat paralysis.
Three trends in the Internet of Medical Things and the Internet of People:
1. Implant communication
Medical devices embedded in the Internet of Things can communicate directly with implants. Pacemakers already have this function, but some improvements are now underway that will allow them to interact directly with neural networks, thus opening up entirely new possibilities. In an experiment, an implant was placed in the brain of a paralyzed monkey, and it was connected to a computer. The computer decoded the brain signals and sent correct instructions to the monkey's lumbar spine. At present, this type of experiment is still in the animal stage, but my intuition tells me that it will soon develop into human experiments.
2. The Internet of Things and Alzheimer's Disease
Another interesting area is the idea of using the Internet of Things to fight Alzheimer’s. By downloading your ideas to the computer, those lost memories will be retrieved.
Where will this technology take us? The security debate will intensify, just like in the TV series "Homeland", hackers can perform assassinations by attacking pacemakers. Once we start to modify our brains, we will see some serious debates, like we created Borgs-like cybernetics in "Star Trek" ("Resistance is futile", "You will be assimilated").
This trend will continue to cause controversy, because some people implant devices in their bodies not for medical reasons. For many years, this technology has been implemented in animals, such as implanting RFID chips into the bodies of dogs and cats for tracking. For humans, this is more convenient than anything else. For example, the short-field communication digital wallet chip implanted in the body makes it unnecessary to carry a credit card. In addition, recent experiments have shown that someone has implanted LED lights under the skin to light up tattoos.
Although IoT innovations in healthcare still have a long way to go before mass adoption, I do see that new classification methods may appear in the population of the future society. We start with the division of "the rich and the poor", and may eventually evolve into the division method of "modified or original"