Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Birth Control By Remote Control

This has such potential for failure.

The longer something is supposed to work, the more likely failure is likely.

Birth control for 16 years straight?

And another point: if you get the implant at 15, and you have it in for many years, aren't you going to forget you have it?

Oh yeah, you might:

The chip can be adapted to dispense other medicines and has already been trialled in osteoporosis patients. 
In trials on elderly women, it worked just as well as regular injections of the bone-building drug teriparatide. 
Crucially, many said the device was so comfortable that they often forgot it was there.


And the remote...

Nobody ever loses a remote. *eyeroll*.

I don't know about you guys, all we ever do is look for the remote in our house. If we had a parrot, all he'd say is "where's the remote?"

And... doesn't having a remote lend itself to contraceptive sabotage? Even by accident. I'm picturing a little kid finding his mommy's birth control remote in the night stand and playing with it.

And there's this hazard:

However, much work remains to be done. It will have to be shown to be an effective contraceptive and, crucially, the company must find a way of stopping hackers from taking control of the chip.