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Comment: Re:I really don't my vital body parts to be on wif (Score 2) 183

by qbast (#47863705) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart
Encryption, message signing ... does it ring any bells? And why exactly do you think that artificial heart would even accept command to slow down below safe level? Even ignoring communication security, you would not want to give your patient easy way to kill himself by mistake.

Comment: Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (Score 1) 183

by qbast (#47863657) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Here is what scares me. We do not seem to be doing much to keep the brain healthy into very old age.

Because we have no bloody idea what to do about it. In comparison heart is simple - it has to pump blood and that's it. I would rather not put all medicine on hold until we figure out brain.

Comment: Predictable (Score 1) 183

by qbast (#47863461) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart
And of course 90% comments are whining about wifi. As if 'wifi' was somehow synonymous with 'unsecured and unauthenticated wifi'. Getting this secured is trivial compared to making a heart that will keep patient alive for years. Until it is possible to make artificial heart respond to nervous system and speed up/slow down as needed, having some control system will improve patient's quality of life.

Comment: Re:I really don't my vital body parts to be on wif (Score 1) 183

by qbast (#47863251) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart
Then how exactly you want to control it? Artificial heart won't speed up/slow down automatically in response to oxygen needs of your body because it is not controlled by nervous system. Maybe you want wired connection with plug embedded between your ribs? I don't understand why 'wifi' means 'unsecured/unauthenticated wifi' to you.

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