Clinical Effects of a 'Human-Computer' Interaction
10 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2016 Last revised: 24 Jun 2016
Date Written: June 21, 2016
It appears inevitable that technology, and specifically the internet, is set to continue playing a significant role in our lives. The interaction between humans and machines brings unprecedented changes to the way our health is affected. In this editorial, I am exploring four areas where human interaction with technology may impact on health, sometimes in ways we may not be aware of. This may help us devise interventions which carry therapeutic benefits for all participating humans. The discussion explores certain practical ways where technology may impact on our everyday life, as well as socio-cultural implications, evolutionary consequences, and discrete biological changes which may originate from our integration with digital communication technologies. Although there are still unforeseen problems with the manner such technology is progressing, we must embrace these new developments in order to adapt successfully to our new ecosystem. For a large proportion of humanity, this new ecosystem is no longer formed by several interacting species, but by just two main elements: humans and machines. The information exchange between these two elements creates new biological and cognitive challenges which have wide repercussion on our organism. A successful adaptation to these new challenges will lead to an improved and prolonged health span, and perhaps even the elimination of age-related dysfunction.
Keywords: Human-machine interaction, Health apps, Techno-culture, Cognition, Intentional evolution, Indispensable soma hypothesis
JEL Classification: I12
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