Date Published: February 16, 2013
This poses important ethical, legal, and social questions. Who will own this data? Will the patient be allowed to access it themselves? Companies who want to prove or disprove symptoms and effects of their medication will want to perform statistics on large amounts of data. Will doctors gather their patients’ data and sell it for profit? Our data is being threatened in many ways, and endangering important human rights.
Today, there are no global health benefits coming from all that data. In the other hand, data artist Jer Thorp imagines what uses we can devise from this kind of wealth of information. He created a model of how people are traveling around the world based on Twitter data collected over a 36 hour period. He proposed that this data is very useful for scientists for learning how diseases spread. In the case of our medical records monitored through these new “electronic tatoos”, the primary use will be to aid a patients’ health. But what will happen after the treatment is done? I believe that, as data making machines, we should be under control of who has access to and what it will be used for.
Advances in Brain-Machine Engineering - Video
Visualizing the world's Twitter data - Jer Thorp
Author: Aida Yoguely Cortés-Peña