The rapid spread of coronavirus globally is very troubling on many levels. However, we have technology available today we have not had in previous outbreaks such as this. One of the more interesting and useful is the rapid genetic sequencing of the mutations of this virus. Making this data available open source is already helping different groups around the world manage the outbreaks. Hopefully, this will help to lesson some of the panic and fear, as the more data you have to understand what is actually happening on the ground, the better local communities can prepare. Viruses like this mutate very rapidly and we need a way to track this information and doing it so quickly and in this open source way is unprecedented. With all the division in the world today, it is very uplifting to read about these global efforts to coordinate and use these advanced technologies for the well being of all. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615317/gene-sleuths-are-tracking-the-coronavirus-outbreak-as-it-happens/?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=+the_download.unpaid.engagement
New technologies such as blockchain accelerate the potential for decentralized data gathering. The wide spread applications, trust, transparency and integrity of this approach have many people around the world very captivated right now.
One exciting possibility of technical approaches that can transparently gather data together from global, eclectic and diverse people is the potential of finding breakthrough innovations in science that are not possible otherwise. Perhaps the biggest breakthroughs in quantum physics, cosmology, astronomy, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and new energy technologies are one or more “citizen science” projects away from reality.
This article is a recent discussion of a citizen science project sponsored by NASA and The National Science Foundation:
The next article is a new division of MIT that hopes to explore and study the exciting potential of collective intelligence:
This article discusses a new initiative by MIT to “Solve” important problems around the world. It is refreshing and very hopeful, especially important in such obviously chaotic times, to read about such a large collaborative effort to work with such a wide range of global entrepreneurs. So many of the important principles we have discussed in previous blogs are evident in this initiative such as inclusive innovation, collaboration, creative design thinking, complex problem solving, building a community of interdisciplinary leaders, recognition of the off the beaten path nature of great new ideas….