13 November 2008

For the Greater Good or Big Brother?

Listening to the BBC on my morning commute the other day, I heard an interesting piece about Google's efforts to track flu outbreaks through the frequency of specific flu-related searches (flu symptoms, achy muscles, sore throat, etc). Google claims that through this system, they can predict flu outbreaks by more than 7-10 days than traditional methods done by the CDC.

Something to Think About: Are people comfortable with Google's efforts to publicize our searches? Even if it for the greater good?

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