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We're on a slippery slope toward a totally monitored world
We're on a slippery slope toward a totally monitored world

The John Hancock company has announced a program offering discounts on life insurance to customers with good health habits, as registered on their Fitbit monitors — wearable computers that automatically upload data on your physical state. The most physically active customers may earn as much as 15% off their premiums, according to a New York Times report. Good corporate marketing, this. Treating two groups of people differently, psychologists tell us, is much more acceptable if it's presented as offering something extra to one group rather than as penalizing the other group — even when the two policies are identical in practice. And if having your body and your...

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