By B.N. Frank
There are many studies spanning many decades that confirm exposure to all sources of cell phone and wireless (WiFi) radiation is biologically harmful to people. It’s not just about increased cancer risk. There is even research that confirming that exposure disrupts the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak. Unfortunately, many people still don’t know this or maybe they just don’t want to believe it.
Regardless, promoting wireless and “smart” devices, “smart” utility meters, and “smart” homes to dementia patients seems to be a growing trend despite the fact that it may be one of the dumbest ideas ever.
From The Conversation:
You might already have what’s often called a “smart home”, with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri. But when researchers talk about smart homes, we usually mean technologies that use artificial intelligence to learn your habits and automatically adjust your home in response to them. Perhaps the most obvious example of this are thermostats that learn when you are likely to be home and what temperature you prefer, and adjust themselves accordingly without you needing to change the settings.
My colleagues and I are interested in how this kind of true smart home technology could help people with dementia. We hope it could learn to recognise the different domestic activities a dementia sufferer carries out throughout the day and help them with each one. This could even lead up to the introduction of household robots to automatically assist with chores.
The growing number of people with dementia is encouraging care providers to look to technology as a way of supporting human carers and improving patients’ quality of life. In particular, we want to use technology to help people with dementia live more independently for as long as possible.
Dementia affects people’s cognitive abilities (things like perception, learning, memory and problem-solving skills). There are many ways that smart home technology can help with this. It can improve safety by automatically closing doors if they are left open or turning off cookers if they are left unattended. Bed and chair sensors or wearable devices can detect how well someone is sleeping or if they have been inactive for an unusual amount of time.
Lights, TVs and phones can be controlled by voice-activated technology or a pictorial interface for people with memory problems. Appliances such as kettles, fridges and washing machines can be controlled remotely.
People with dementia can also become disoriented, wander and get lost. Sophisticated monitoring systems using radiowaves inside and GPS outside can track people’s movements and raise an alert if they travel outside a certain area.
Sensors – monitoring systems – GPS are all emitting wireless radiation or what these promoters refer to as “radiowaves”. Again – research has determined that exposure to this is NOT harmless.
The rest of their sales pitch is equally if not more nauseating. AI, robots, video cameras, OMG! It also sounds complicated, expensive, and unnecessary. Is there no one left on the planet that can be paid to care for dementia patients in their homes?
At least they conclude with a reality check:
There are still many challenges to overcome, from improving the reliability and robustness of sensors, to preventing annoying or disturbing alarms, to making sure the technology is safe from cybercriminals. And for all the technology, there will always be a need for a human in the loop. The technology is intended to complement human carers and must be adapted to individual users.
So according to them “Smart” homes will always need humans to make them work effectively for dementia patients. So what again is the point of creating them for dementia patients?
Then they really blow it:
But the potential is there for genuine smart homes to help people with dementia live richer, fuller and hopefully longer lives.
Exposure to all the wireless “smart” components that will be used in these “Smart” homes for dementia patients is NOT innocuous. Sounds like a class action lawsuit in the making, doesn’t it? And they probably aren’t even insured (see 1, 2).
Activist Post reports regularly about exposure to all sources of Electromagnetic Radiation aka “Electrosmog.” For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Wireless Information Network
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- EMF Safety Network
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- We Are The Evidence
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