A Momentary Flow: Is an open-source pacemaker safer than closed-source?

williamedwardscoder:

Richard Stallman recently collapsed; he’s OK. But it did of course get attention in the programming world.

For those not in the know, Richard - rms - is the leading light in the Free software movement (Free as in ownership, not free as in no-cost) and he really…

As someone who has an ICD…I’m all for open source pacemakers.

The article’s right, pacemakers and other medical devices are hackable regardless of whether the source is open or closed. Having the code open for so many other sources to examine would lessen the chance of errors so much more. I mean, really…212 deaths from defibrillator defects 1997-2003?

  1. randomlyhaphazard reblogged this from williamedwardscoder and added:
    tl;dr YES
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  3. c0d3 said: So I posted this on Reddit and there is some great discussion around the idea. I didn’t expect some of the replies, but I am all for opening medical software up for review. I would trust an open source pacemaker before some of the stuff I have seen.
  4. thekaycee reblogged this from wildcat2030 and added:
    As someone who has an ICD…I’m all for open source pacemakers. The article’s right, pacemakers and other medical devices...
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