THE advancements in technology continually blow my mind.
I am lucky to own a phone that connects me with the world whenever I need, and to be able to write this column on a snazzy Apple Mac.
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And I have had my life, and brain, saved by insanely intelligent medical technology.
Earlier this year we decided, as is customary at Boob Towers, to play an April fool’s joke and pretend the voice-activated Amazon Alexa was going to randomly remind people to check their boobs.
Somehow we managed to fool everyone into thinking we had partnered with Amazon to make it happen, subsequently disappointing lots of people when we reminded them it was April 1. Oops!
People genuinely believed it was a genius idea, as did we.
So I was pretty excited by the news last week that Amazon is partnering with the NHS to help bring practical, helpful health advice to the millions of people who own such a device (not me, I’m actually freaked out by something that is constantly listening to me talking to my cat).
We are living in a digital age so it was only a matter of time before this becomes a reality. We are googling medical symptoms all the time. This is just googling with your voice instead, and all the information is provided and vetted by the NHS, letting you dodge the scaremongers and quacks online.
I think this technology is particularly helpful for the visually impaired among us and those with certain disabilities who can’t just “google it”.
Voice search has been increasing rapidly and by 2020 is expected to account for half of all searches.
Obviously this should NEVER replace face-to-face consultations with a GP, but as the system is so overstretched it would be wise to have something that can sort the most minor of ailments and free time for crucial appointments.
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We advocate that YOU become your own health boss, that YOU check your boobs and become fully acquainted with them.
Getting a reminder about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer from Alexa would be super-helpful and, if anything does appear different, you should of course go to a human doctor.
After all, Alexa doesn’t come with hands and eyes to examine your boobs . . . yet.