For the reading of the book. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, I decided to read the chapter, BIOPRINTING: Why Stop at Seven Margaritas When You Can Just Print a New Liver? I was intrigued by the title as I am currently learning about new technologies in my DTC 101 class, including 3D printing, and wanted to know if this technology had the capacity to advance enough to be able to help with certain medical tasks. In the chapter reading, the author describes a scenario where they are diagnosed with liver failure and are put on a wait list to receive a new liver. However, this waitlist consists of over 15,000 people who are waiting for a liver transplant, and the author quickly becomes frustrated with the lack of options outside of this list. The author then goes on to imagine a future where 3D printers are so scientifically advanced, that they are able to create organs to fill the gap for people on waiting lists. This concept of technology aiding in the advancement of medical practices, relates to the notions of oral history because throughout every decade, milestone advancements are made within the medical industry. There are several recorded events where technology allowed for people with rare or even common disabilities to be aided with a new conception. Furthermore, oral history allows for us to better understand how these advancements have helped people with diseases or illnesses that otherwise impeded them in their daily lives. For the project, I plan on interviewing someone who has been helped by a new medical technology, such as a tracker that tracks breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, or something of that nature. Trackers seem to be fairly new and common, and therefore I would like to interview more than a few people who use trackers for different reasons and ask them to explain how this technology has changed their life, and what their life was like before they were able to use this technology.
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