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The Tricorder May Be Within Reach

‘The ubiquity of smartphones, and rapid developments in artificial intelligence and cloud computing have turned the tricorder into more than a pipedream. “We launch X-Prizes when we think the technology is at a tipping point,” says X Prize CEO Peter Diamandis.’  It’ll work by aggregating massive amounts of patient data to correlate with symptoms.  This part’s a little worrying, though:

De Brouwer also said the success of the device is contingent on people becoming more open through social networks. So when someone shares his eating patterns, the machine can analyze his diet. “The more people share, the more the device can rule out,” he says. “No privacy will be sustainable — and that’s a good thing.”

Posted in SciTech.