[NetBehaviour] Accelerationist health policy

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sat Apr 30 22:03:31 CEST 2016


On 29/04/16 01:41 PM, Edward Picot wrote:
> The Royal College of Physicians have just announced their approval of
> e-cigarettes.

There was a controversy about them in the States recently -

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/e-cigarette-flavoring-chemicals-linked-to-respiratory-disease/

http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/09/how-the-media-totally-exaggerated-study-on-risk-of-popcorn-lung-from-e-cigarettes/

Whether this is an example of media pressure on research or of misplaced
moralising I don't know.

"Popcorn Lung" is a very media-friendly name for a nasty disease...

> [...]
> 
> But that's typical of new technology, isn't it? It gives with one hand,
> and takes away with the other.

Absolutely.

Another example is that health tracker information is now being used in
criminal cases:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/11/16/fitbit-data-court-room-personal-injury-claim/




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