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Jan Schenk (he/him) Author • Edited on

My insulin pump was never intended to be algorithm-controlled like this. It's from 2007, and its protocol and communications were reverse engineered. Compromising systems isn't a bad thing, in my opinion, it's the intention that may or may not kill people.

If it wasn't for a bunch of developers (search for #WeAreNotWaiting) back in 2015 or so, I could be dead today, as one of 25 people with Type 1 die from a severe hypoglycemia.

This is why I use a 15 year old insulin pump. Because it this model was compromised at some point.

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Sean Williams

The world contains both "black hats" and "white hats," and something being compromised and on the internet gives access to both. Because of this, a cybernetic world would be one where bad computer security is fatal—or rather, much more fatal than it already is.

I suppose the problem with this question is, you're talking about two very different things: first, the balancing of concerns with wearing a device that could kill you to manage a medical condition that could kill you, and second, whether this stuff should go discretionary. Medical decisions are between you and your doctor; I have no opinion on them. For me, though, discretionary cybernetics is a no.

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Jan Schenk (he/him) Author

I agree with you on "compromised on the internet" part. This wouldn't be an option if my actors were exposed on the internet. They aren't.

Regarding discretionary cybernetics, I'm not sure I fully understand what you say. Do you mean non-regulated technological replacements for dysfunctional parts of your body shouldn't exist? What about building a custom prosthesis? Or a set of augmenting glasses that enables people with colorblindness to differentiate between colors?