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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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GOOGLE To Track Influenza

SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS
Tue Nov 11 2008 15:34:50 ET

GOOGLE will launch a new tool that will help federal officials "track sickness".

"Flu Trends" uses search terms that people put into the web giant to figure out where influenza is heating up, and will notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in real time!

GOOGLE, continuing to work closely with government, claims it would keep individual user data confidential: "GOOGLE FLU TRENDS can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymized, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur each week."

Engineers will capture keywords and phrases related to the flu, including thermometer, flu symptoms, muscle aches, chest congestion and others.

Dr. Lyn Finelli, chief of influenza surveillance at CDC: "One thing we found last year when we validated this model is it tended to predict surveillance data. The data are really, really timely. They were able to tell us on a day-to-day basis the relative direction of flu activity for a given area. They were about a week ahead of us. They could be used... as early warning signal for flu activity."

Thomas Malone, professor at M.I.T.: "I think we are just scratching the surface of what's possible with collective intelligence."

Eric Schmidt, GOOGLE's chief executive vows: "From a technological perspective, it is the beginning."
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As much as I think this is a cool idea, it would be a no-brainer to use this technology for "darker" searches and report back to authorities on ANYTHING they choose -or are told to hunt for. Hmmmmmm.....................
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 10:19 AM
 
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you really call it "influenza"? wow, italian creeps...
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Sign of the times brother. It's over.
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I think it's a great idea. Whoever thought of that is pretty clever. Maybe one day they'll be able to develop and distribute vaccines for the strain currently in circulation (rather than trying to predict what will hit) - and be able to get them out before people get sick. Probably wishful thinking though.
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Sign of the times brother. It's over.
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What would happen if they did that for aids?
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What would happen if they did that for aids?
When people get the flu they google remedies.

I'm thinking most people with aids don't turn to google to find the cure
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I was reading a thread earlier today titled... doctor cursed aids.

Turns out... he cured aids.

Cursing it seemed funnier.... somehow.
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google wants to take over the world
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