Christian Long

Larry Brilliant: Wants to Stop Pandemics

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Reflection by DAVID K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Larry Brilliant: Wants to Stop Pandemics

Larry Brilliant’s TED wish of “building a global system for early detection against humanity’s worst nightmares (diseases)” description sounds similar to a social network that we already use. Facebook – being that network – is by far the most successful website on the Internet. Instead of creating the network “INSTEDD” we can just create an application on Facebook that does the same thing that “INSTEDD” would have done.

Facebook has over 350 million people that log in each month and has seventy languages that are programed for use on their site. Wouldn’t it be simpler to just expand a network that has already done most of the work of creating a “global community”?

Making an application that is mandatory to all facebook accounts would make it easier for “Early Detection Early Response” since it would be organized all on one site. Web crawlers would no longer be required which saves money and eliminates the risk of the web crawlers being manipulated to access personal information.

My vision of the application for Facebook would allow people to upload photos,report the virus/symptoms, and ask questions. The application would provide information about WHO’s stages of pandemic alert, hospitals, and updates about the viruses. Facebook members can take the option of making all their reports private. The application’s administrators would be GPHIN since they already have a well known reputation for dealing with disease control.

Larry Brilliant’s TED wish is not as complicated as he described it during the video. We can eliminate the possibilities of pandemics by using Facebook’s large established network of people.

Facebook could save people from dying.

[Go try telling your dad that one.]

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