Despite the availability of powerful sensing technology, most people know little of their own health metrics—which means that we often know more about the health of our technological products than we do about our own bodies. As chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation Peter Diamandis, MD explains: “Today, my car, my airplane, my computer knows more about its health status than I do, which is insane.”
One of the main reasons behind this is that little medical sensing technology is accessible to the average person—most of it is the property of institutions such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, and clinics. To monitor health metrics, most people only have a thermometer and a scale, which are generally rarely used.
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