Google Genomics could prove more significant than any of these moonshots. Connecting and comparing genomes by the thousands, and soon by the millions, is what’s going to propel medical discoveries for the next decade. The question of who will store the data is already a point of growing competition between Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.
This seems like a great technology to help advance medicine, but this being Google, one does have to wonder just what Google will do with data like this – or, better put, what can be done with data like this at all beyond its intended and promised purpose.
I’m glad that google is going to store it because I’m running out of space on my hard-drive, ever since I started using SSD drives.
I guess, to deduce anything from these genomes, you must attach to each one as much information as possible on the individual : sex, ethnicity, past diseases and chronical problems, parents and grandparents age or cause of death, allergies, weight, smoking habits,… Of course, families genomes should be interlinked…
What could possibly go wrong, giving to Google that information ?
Edited 2014-11-08 00:17 UTC
..based on your genetic code.
No one in their right mind should trust an advertising company with their most personal information. Google should spin off their new ideas into a separate company to reassure people that it is a totally different operation from their advertising business