The ongoing mainstream Web 2.0 summit has a little coverage on health and biomedicine too:
a past presentation by Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President for Search Products & User Experience, on health information. Sarah Milstein says: “They’re also interested in helping you store and access your own health records. While giving people more control over their own data is an important idea, not to mention a trend we hope to see more of, Google may have to build (or rebuild?) user trust before people make it the repository of their most sensitive information.”
From the Wired post: “Mayer mentioned that 2 billion x-rays are taken every year, each of which would take 10 megabytes of data. That’s 200 petabytes of info. “The word petabytes gets us really excited,” says Mayer, “because that’s what we’re good at: handling large amounts of information, organizing and storing it.”
This reminds me of another Google project, nicknamed Palimpsest.
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