BBC Earth (Asia) - - Contents - Akanksha Nair akanksha@re­gent­media.sg

A note from the edi­tor shar­ing her thoughts on the is­sue and other ram­blings

How­ever much of a cliché you may think this is, it holds true. Keep­ing this in mind, med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy and the­o­ret­i­cal re­search re­lent­lessly seeks to pur­sue new ways of en­sur­ing a longer and health­ier life for us hu­mans. By re­duc­ing the chances of hu­man er­ror and in­creas­ing the pre­ci­sion of sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures as well as lab­o­ra­tory re­search with the use of ma­chines, the science of medicine has evolved so as to re­duce hu­man mor­tal­ity rates. Ad­vanced sci­en­tific en­deav­ours have also con­trib­uted to re­duc­ing the pain and suf­fer­ing cause by chronic con­di­tions such as can­cer, and are con­tin­u­ously work­ing to bet­ter the lives of those suf­fer­ing from these con­di­tions. In this is­sue, we ex­plore some of the life­sav­ing ma­chines that have made a mark in med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal tech­nol­ogy. (p38)

While this is true, there is also a flip side to the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy in our lives. While there are great ad­van­tages to be­ing a part of the dig­i­tal age, it is also true that be­ing glued to one screen or another through our day causes tremen­dous harm to us both phys­i­cally and men­tally. Hu­mans are so­cial be­ings, and de­spite our grow­ing network of vir­tual friends, could it be true that tech­nol­ogy is also caus­ing us to be­come in­creas­ingly iso­lated? This is­sue, we help you an­swer this ques­tion and in­ves­ti­gate the re­al­i­ties of a fast grow­ing vir­tual network. (p58)

That’s it for now. We hope you en­joy this is­sue as much as we en­joyed cu­rat­ing it!

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