A group of researchers recently developed a ‘smart pill’ system. The idea is that a patient will swallow a pill coated in gel containing a sensor, and doctors can track use. It’s not the first time this has been done, but this experiment focused on fighting opioid addiction, which makes it politically interesting. And that’s why it’s terrifying. The pill contains a patient’s medication and a sensor. It sends information to a wearable device which transmits data to a medical professional. This technology has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives. It could also be used to systematically…

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