February 26, 2001

You might not know it, but some of YOU is probably "on file" somewhere.  From a blood test, a biopsy, or surgery -- the very stuff you're made of can be saved and sold for medical research or to the biotech industry without your consent.  Today, we'll explore the implications of the multi-billion dollar body business with Lori Andrews, director of the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Andrews has co-authored "Body Bazaar : The Market For Human Tissue In The Biotechnology Age".

The complexity of the technology we use daily is often stressful, such as computer problems or malfunctioning email systems. Director of the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT, Michael Dertouzos talks about "human-centered computing", personalized systems that will understand speech and be easier to operate.  His book is "The Unfinished Revolution : Human-Centered Computers And What They Can Do For Us".

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