Enslaved by a Wristband July 27, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
trackback A good friend of mine (and frequent lurker here at IB) is tethered to one of those wristband thingies that nags you into walking/exercising enough every day. It doesn’t understand injury, sickness, bad weather, travel, or any of the other real-life issues that can interrupt an exercise schedule. If you obey the wristband, you get a discount on health insurance.
It’s become a big part of his life, but he doesn’t seem to mind and I can’t say that it’s not doing him some good. But still…being monitored every second of every day for your compliance with an insurance company’s exercise mandate doesn’t smack of freedom, independence, and America to me.
And then there are those slippery slopes, which appear to be very slippery indeed. Are you ready for wristbands that shock you when you don’t exercise?
A wristband, called the ‘Pavlok’, is a new wearable device that would give “shocking” reminders in order to motivate people to workout and stay healthy.
Maneesh Sethi, the creator of the device, said that the device would have features to incentivize working out including a small zap for when people miss a workout, the ABC News reported.
So how long until these are mandatory?