Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jun 2014 23:07 UTC

Google CEO Larry Page on privacy issues:

I'm not trying to minimize the issues. For me, I'm so excited about the possibilities to improve things for people, my worry would be the opposite. We get so worried about these things that we don't get the benefits. I think that's what's happened in health care. We've decided, through regulation largely, that data is so locked up that it can't be used to benefit people very well.

Right now we don't data-mine health care data. If we did we'd probably save 100,000 lives next year. I'm very worried that the media and governments will try to stoke the people's fears and we'll end up in a state where we could benefit a lot of people but we re not able to do that. That's the likely outcome.

The problem is not that people aren't open to the possible benefits from information gleamed from large piles of data. No, the problem is that both governments and companies alike have a history of abusing and/or leaking this data. In other words, the people's skepticism is entirely the industry's own fault.

Introspection, Mr. Page.

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RE[5]: Health care
by maccouch on Sat 28th Jun 2014 07:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Health care"
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actually you should try to read the comment better next time. what i said is that **after** you tried something a couple of times and it failed spectacularly it's insane* to keep insisting on it without trying to understand what changed or at least changing it in a significant way.

having vast amounts of personal data in the hands of a corporation or a state has never yielded anything other than bad results and a shift of power from the "information providers" to the "information holders". Why exactly would that be different now? what makes Google a better recipent and a health data a different set of data than those than preceded it?

* it's actually the pure definition of insanity to try to do something all over again and expect a different outcome every time...

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