What if big data could do even more to help with world problems? So far, companies such as IBM, Google and HP have taken on immense challenges, from analyzing the number of cars that use a bridge on a busy highway or calculating how many people see one small ad in a Web browser. Google has even announced an ambitious project that will address human aging.
But several major world problems remain elusive. In some cases, the data is not available to analyze at all. In others, computers fast enough to process the data haven’t been invented yet. Here are five problems worth tackling. Will any big data companies step up to the plate? We’ll have to wait and see.
Health Records for the World: Medicine Where It’s Needed Most
Most people have some semblance of an electronic health record (EHR), even if it’s simply a notation about a recent health check-up. The tools and technology are in place to maintain a world health record repository, too. With a global database, pharmaceutical companies could develop the most-needed vaccines and medications – that is, the supply chain would be optimized for actual needs.