One of the most interesting up-and-coming technologies we can look forward to is driverless vehicles. It is estimated that driverless cars will reduce traffic fatalities by up to 90%.This new way of humans getting around provides many benefits to us (the biggest being saving us from ourselves), but it also contains a few not so apparent disadvantages. Currently 20% of organ donations come from vehicle fatalities. Now that may not seem like a huge amount, but in an industry that is in desperate need of every single organ it can get its blue gloved hands on, the impact is detrimental.
A common theme we will see throughout our future when it comes to getting an organ is that, money rules all. Today if you want to be guaranteed an organ you need to be put onto multiple transplant lists which is not a cheap option whatsoever. So when it comes to getting an organ, you either hope to get lucky or pay for your luck to change.
While speaking on income inequality, the other side of the coin should be addressed. Poor people will be taken advantage of. They are desperate and if it means their short term problems will be taken care of they have shown they will sign on the dotted line. Look at the rise of all the check into cash establishments that are doing the same thing with paychecks instead of kidneys.
I won’t leave you with such grim thoughts though.
Our shining knight science, will always be there for us. Great advancements in creating tissue in labs as well as inside animals have come along nicely. Smart people are working on making it safer for us to get around without threat of human error killing us, as well as growing organs in as many animals PETA will let us get our hands on. Our society will as always have trouble with change when it comes to both vehicle automation and unnatural organ creation. It will be up to some smart and perseverant people in government if we are ever to have a chance of dealing with this ever approaching problem. Thanks for reading.