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AI spotted the coronavirus outbreak before health officials announced it. Bluedot, a Toronto-based health monitoring startup, used machine learning to sift through news reports and airline data, correctly predicting that the disease would spread to Bangkok, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo.

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  • Perfect example of #AI providing a better, faster pattern recognition & accompanying recommendations than established human power hierarchies ever could without this tool; especially in the case of epidemics where it's crucially important to react swiftly.

  • Data will always be power - if you have it. Imagine having data access on the movement of people, trade, and even animals around cities, provinces, countries, and continents. One can definitely predict the likelihood of an outbreak and its infection path. Loopholes can be seen and our governments can be more ready.

  • The popular mobile game plague inc. is being played out in real time. Like bluedot, the game too wants the players to predict and “cause” outbreaks around the globe based on air traffic, media coverage and government measures. The developer of the game does not call it a scientific model, but would you

    The popular mobile game plague inc. is being played out in real time. Like bluedot, the game too wants the players to predict and “cause” outbreaks around the globe based on air traffic, media coverage and government measures. The developer of the game does not call it a scientific model, but would you be surprised if it were a similar model?

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  • Anyone with common sense would have predicted the locations as they are Chinese travelers’ top outbound destinations. Not trying to poo-poo the advancement, this is laudable; just saying. Would like to see more applications of this though particularly as the virus spreads (containment is an illusion

    Anyone with common sense would have predicted the locations as they are Chinese travelers’ top outbound destinations. Not trying to poo-poo the advancement, this is laudable; just saying. Would like to see more applications of this though particularly as the virus spreads (containment is an illusion) and in scenario planning for future preemption.