An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

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.


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