What is Ideal Suretest?
The idea behind the Ideal Suretest was to create a device which could detect if your blood contains any of the various substances which are known to cause diseases. These include: mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, antimony and many others. The main goal of this device was not only to save lives but also to prevent them from developing these diseases in the first place!
In order to do so, the inventor had to come up with some sort of test which would give accurate results. Since there were no commercially available tests at that time, he came up with his own method. His idea was to use a mixture of two chemicals (Mercury and Lead) and then check whether or not they reacted together.
If they did react, it meant that one contained mercury while the other contained lead.
He used this method to make sure that the blood contained no harmful substances. However, since the reaction took place within a few minutes after being mixed, it wasn’t very reliable. Also, the reaction didn’t occur all over the body like it does when one drinks alcohol or eats certain foods.
So he decided to try another method of testing which involved placing a small amount of mercury into a solution containing water and adding salt.
If the salt was contaminated with any other harmful substance then it would not dissolve in the water. This led to the invention of this device, which was later perfected by combining it with a battery and a light bulb and adding more chemicals to the mixture. That’s how we got the modern day version of this machine, which could detect countless kinds of diseases and allow us to develop medicine against them.
This made it easier for doctors to detect these diseases at an early stage and treat them before they become fatal.
Real-Life Applications of the Ideal Suretest
The first real application of this device came as a result of its ability to find out whether or not there were any harmful toxins in our body. The U.S.
Government decided to include it in the medical check-ups which were being given to all citizens. The process was simple and painless, so most people didn’t even realize that they were getting tested. The information gathered through these tests were kept secretly by the government in a huge database.
If at any point in time the government felt like you were a potential risk to society, they would run a more detailed test on you and have the results within a matter of hours. As a result, it became very easy to find those who had criminal intentions well before they could do anything about it. Not only did this save countless lives, but it also prevented the crime rate from ever getting out of hand.
This device wasn’t just used to predict crimes though. It was also used by insurance companies to check whether people were putting their families at risk by leading unhealthy lifestyles. It didn’t take long for fast food chains and cigarette companies to go out of business.
Despite the advantages of this device, there were a few ethical concerns which had to be addressed. The first of such issues involved privacy. Since the government now had detailed records of every citizen’s health, it was only a matter of time before these records were breached by outsiders.
Although the database itself was hack-proof, several bureaucrats managed to leak the information to outside sources. Another issue involved the parents of unhealthy children. Since insurance companies could now check whether or not a person was leading a healthy lifestyle, some parents began to neglect treating their children if they found out that they weren’t. This was one of the few issues which didn’t have a real solution, since most parents would rather allow their children to die from treatable diseases than face discrimination.
Another major issue which arose involved the crime prediction software. There were a few cases in which people committed crimes knowing fully well that they would be caught, simply because they wanted the government to test their device on them. The most notable case of this was a man named Bernard Bernoulli, who had spent his entire life savings on medical expenses for his daughter’s cancer Treatment.
He was so despondent about his financial situation that he attempted to rob a bank, fully expecting to be caught. As luck would have it, the police were actually able to catch him, and he was sentenced to twenty years in jail. Upon hearing the verdict, the man committed suicide in court by swallowing a poison pill he had concealed.
While the police claimed that the man was a criminal mastermind who had orchestrated the entire thing so that he could die in jail, this was far from the truth. The man’s wife actually began a campaign to have the software tested on animals before using it on humans, but her request was denied under the grounds that animal testing wasn’t an exact science and wouldn’t provide adequate results.
Within a few months of the software’s creation, the crime rate had plummeted to a record low. Police forces everywhere had more than enough officers to handle any minor crime which occurred, leaving terrorists and other criminal masterminds nowhere to hide. Reports of burglaries and muggings almost entirely disappeared, since criminals knew that they would immediately be caught.
Most of them turned themselves in once they realized that there was no hope of ever escaping justice.
For the first time in the history of government oversight, law enforcement everywhere received overwhelming support from the general public. Polls indicated that citizens trusted police officers more than their own family members.
The only problem which arose was that people were constantly calling the police for the stupidest reasons. People would call 911 over a simple argument they had with a friend or relative, or even seeing someone walk around a “crime-prone” area. Police officers grew increasingly frustrated with these constant calls, many of which they knew didn’t require their attention.
With crime almost eliminated and the police gaining the trust of the people, a new era of government oversight had begun.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Development and Implementation of Indoor Smart Grids applied to Electrical Power Distribution Systems and Environmental Systems in Buildings to Achieve Improved … (WH Allen – 2012 – search.proquest.com)