By Donna Westfall – December 14, 2018 – Local Crescent City-Del Norte County Taxpayers Association Board Member, Jeff McCaddon, wrote me asking if mainstream media has anything to say about HR 28 – Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act of 2017.
I had never heard of it. On the suface thought it sounded diabolical. After searching the internet, I didn’t find anything covered about it in the mainstream media. Then checked out the government sites which didn’t really explain very much.
One site had this:
“Republican Policy Committee’s Summary:
H.R. 28 requires the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: implement a standard identification protocol for biological implants that is consistent with FDA’s Unique Identification System and report to Congress in the event that such a system is not operational within 180 days of enactment; and procure biological implants only through competitive procurement processes from vendors who maintain a 10 year record retention policy and who procure their human tissue from properly accredited sources.
Scientific innovation and advanced technology has provided the opportunity for the VA to turn increasingly to biological implants for prosthetic limbs and other healing enhancements. According to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, there remains “significant risk to veteran health and safety involving possibly contaminated products and the inability of VA to reliably identify veterans with implants in the event of [a] recall.” FDA has utilized a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system consisting of certain labeling and data submission requirements for biological implants and other medical devices since 2013.”
According to www.Govtrack.us/congress/bills, it passed the House on January 3, 2017 and has to be passed by the Senate. I can’t see that anything has been done between 2017 and now, but here’s the interesting part. Skopos Labs gives it a 3% chance of being enacted.
What is Skopos Labs?
Skopos Labs built an Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) powered platform that translates unstructured data into accurate, impactful predictions. Through Ph.D. scientists, machine learning researchers, professors and domain experts – they created something called Automated Predictive Intelligence.
Predictions of human’s ceasing to work due to robots and A.I. are becoming reality. Thoughts of Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation come to mind.
Now, if only robot soldiers were created so that human life would not be mangled or lost, the use of biological implants might not be necessary.