In my search for information and research about elderly and technology, I stumbled upon an article that, at first, didn’t have much to contribute ( http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/1102-digital_grandparents.htm ) but it made me rethink about all the implantable technology in the houses of the senior citizens.
The article talks about all kinds of technology that can be implemented to help the elderly, but also, and that is the discussion I’d like to open, to observe the elderly in their daily lives and activities. An alarm clock who tells you when you have to take your medication, will come in handy for a senior whose memory is fading away. An error detection if you take the wrong bottle to drink, can be life saving. But motion sensors that can trace every move, what you touched and when… Activity sensor, camera’s and microphones. They can be implemented in the houses and the recorded data will get send to “the younger generation”. They can see what you (as older person) have done, how active you where, where you was and when. That is more and more a big brother regime, zero privacy. So what is the limit of this observing/helping technology? To what extend can the you be involved in the life of the elderly, how much can you watch them “for their own safety”?