Last blog about the risks of radiation concluded that X-rays aren’t that dangerous to deal with in industrial applications, at least with sources that can be turned off.
Back in the day when Roentgen first researched the properties of these waves no one knew what kind of nasty stuff they could cause to human tissue and people started to mess around with them before any of it could really get documented. As is inevitable with any visual recording technology, people started taking selfies with it and pretty soon the medical benefits were recognized, may it be at the human cost of people getting severe radiation burns, dermatitis and later on, cancer.
Stuff got pretty out of hand, even shoe stores started using X-rays in so called ‘shoe-fitting fluoroscopes’ intended to see if peoples toes sat snugly in their shoes.
So this technology got exposed to the public before all of its aspects were fully understood with simultaneous beneficial and horrendous results. When governmental scientists discover new technologies that could have a grand impact on humanity there is sometimes debate on whether or not they should release their findings to the world. The people have the right to know, but simultaneously people might start misusing it. The same debate acted up some time ago about the findings on how to manipulate certain influenza strains because some people were of the opinion that it was a ‘cookbook recipe’ for terrorists to make unbeatable bio-weapons. Others were of the opinion that the research could help in combating future pandemics and other unexpected beneficial applications.
What’s your take on this? Keep stuff secret and prevent misuse or let everyone know and see what happens, or some other way to regulate this stuff?