Google’s Larry Page wants open approach to data

Larry Page has asked for patients to volunteer data to researchers to help save “100,000 lives”.

„When I lost my voice I thought, wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone’s medical conditions were available anonymously to medical doctors? You could see what doctors accessed it and why, and learn more about conditions you have.“

In a TED interview, the Google co-founder said that a new era of open data had begun, in which users will be required to provide personal data voluntarily.

The goal of saving lives is also fuelling the balloons of Google’s Project Loon, which aims to bring internet to (and ultimately collect data from) parts of the world that are still offline. „We can build a world-wide mesh of balloons to cover the whole planet,“ Page told interviewer Charlie Rose.

It’s not only data that has the potential to save lives, according to Page, but the self-driving car. Road accidents make up the chief cause of death below the age of 37 and Google’s automated car system has already driven 100,000 test miles towards greater road safety.

Page said he found the NSA revelations „disappointing“ and stated the need for clear „parameters“ of government surveillance.

While expressing an understanding for users‘ privacy concerns, Page was worried about „throwing the baby out with the bathwater.“ He continued by stating that the focus should be on „the tremendous good that could come from sharing the right information with the right people in the right ways.“

Feature image: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA/USA – FEBRUARY 1, 2014: Exterior view of a Google’s Googleplex Corporate headquarters. Google is a multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products. via Shutterstock. Copyright: Ken Wolter

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