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CORE 105-
Future of Technology Policy
Spring 2019

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Week 6  – Tech-Ins on Health and the Environment


Last week your classmates led great discussions on the impact of technology on sports and entertainment and on government and the policy questions that they generate.  This week we shift to two related questions: technology policy topics in health and the environment

Your classmates ask you to read these before class:

Tech-In: Technology Policy and the Environment

We start with questions about “carbon capture” – efforts to remove CO2 from the atmosphere

A cautious introduction from the Washington Post (and Bb) and a more hopeful introduction to the policy making from MIT Technology Review

Info from companies doing the work: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/04/cost-of-carbon-capture-plummets-thanks-to-two-new-techniques/

and this video

This app shows what it thinks climate change will do to your hometown by 2080 – when you should be all the things a happy, healthy 80 year-old should be enjoying (“80’s the new 50,” or some similar cliche?)

One word of caution about the app – it says the Westminster, Maryland, and Frederick, Maryland, two towns near each other and both on Maryland’s Piedmont Plateau, will have different changes: Frederick a lot warmer and a lot wetter; Westminster half as much warmer and drier, not wetter.  So who knows. But fun to play around with a little.

How can we reduce the amount of food-packaging waste we create?
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rise-zero-waste-grocery-stores-180971495/

Finally, we look at two ocean clean-up articles:

https://www.theoceancleanup.com/technology/ and https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/02/17/researchers-find-large-amount-of-tiny-harmful-plastic-on-ocean-beach/

 

Tech-In:  Technology Policy and Health

Next in artificial hearts: wireless power
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190207/Leviticus-Cardio-and-Jarvik-Heart-reveal-novel-wireless-heart-pump-system.aspx

“The three buzz words for the future of robotic surgery are–cost, data and connectivity” – these seem to be three buzzwords for many other things, too https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6028471/

Glasses helping blind people see – the personal joy (and steep price) https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2017/02/15/high-tech-glasses-helping-blind-people-see/97960470/

Glasses for color-blind people too
https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/color-blind-glasses.htm

Questions about the Chinese babies who were “CRISPR’d” and the scientist who did it
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/first-crispr-babies-6-questions-that-remain/

Personalized – or “Precision” – Medicine
https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/precision/intro/