The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China.
Very timely, obviously: in our increasingly-connected and urbanized world, outbreaks will only continue to be a bigger challenge. There was a lot of noise about using AI to monitor and predict public health issues earlier in the decade, especially at Google with Flu Trends, which:
...was euthanized after underestimating the severity of the 2013 flu season by 140 percent
I had kind of missed that. I hope that BlueDot is able to do better; Coronavirus has the potential to be a massive global health problem.Read more...