I watched Sir Terry Pratchett's Richard Dimbleby Lecture (I am not yet sure if this will be available on iPlayer?). The issues are already well recognised, much debated and provide a constant tap on the shoulder for us all:
there is a definite shift afoot.
From the BBC:
One of the world's most popular authors gives the 34th Richard Dimbleby Lecture from the Royal College of Physicians in London.
Sir Terry Pratchett announced in 2007 that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In his keynote lecture, Shaking Hands with Death, he explores how modern society, confronted with an increasingly older population, many of whom will suffer from incurable illnesses, needs to redefine how it deals with death.
The acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, he is the first novelist to give the Richard Dimbleby Lecture. His books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages.
I realised in listening to Sir Terry that although I usually apply socio-technical in an informatics context, the term is of course equally applicable to the debate surrounding assisted suicide, or assisted death as Sir Terry prefers to call it. The quality of (our social) life is lost in the beep, buzz, hum and scan of hyper-technical health care.
It is as if the technology of health care is producing relativistic effects. Instead of the travellers being explorers heading for stars at near the speed of light; they are travellers cast adrift within a long term chronic disease that cuts them off from time, place, person, those they love and - for Sir Terry - choice. ...
This debate will run on ...
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