While we are still a long way from ending up like Gertrude the pig — subjected to a brain implant with no choice in the matter — technology continues to be insidiously embedded in ways that can reduce our control over our health and bodies.
On Tuesday, Apple and Google announced a new contact-tracing tool that doesn’t depend on us installing an app. The most it seems we will have to do is read an alert that tells us about the tool when it is automatically installed in an upgrade to a smartphone’s operating system.
This actually seems a good thing in terms of tackling coronavirus — the jointly developed Exposure Notifications Express sets a standard and is likely to be widely used compared to the plethora of apps with different approaches that have suffered low adoption rates to date.
Of more concern may be the launch last week of the Coefficient Insurance Company, a new venture for Google’s life sciences and healthcare subsidiary Verily.
While it aims to…