Geared Up For Health

New technology may enable us to live longer and happier lives at home--and even cure our ailing health-care system

Eric Dishman is wound up about incontinence. That's not a typical concern around Intel's Portland, Ore., campus, where most of the 14,500 employees are preoccupied with building smaller and faster computer chips. But Dishman, 35, a vibrant sociologist with tight tufts of light brown hair, heads Intel's Proactive Health Lab. His mission is to use technology to assist people with the "activities of daily living"--getting dressed, making meals and so forth--so that we can all age with dignity and stay home with loved ones as long as possible.

Why not? Computers help us do just about everything else. Shouldn't they also...

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