First alert. Time is always of the essence. But it is more so on the outbreak like that of the Wuhan virus, the epidemic that Chine and other counties are currently dealing with.
The earlier you get alerted to it, better the chance of containing the contagion.
Good thing then that we had an AI virus warning system at our disposal.
This Canadian health monitoring platform sent news of the outbreak on December 31 — which is well over a week earlier than January 9 when the groups like the World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the public of the flu-like outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Launched in 2014, this AI-driven health monitoring platform analyzes billions of data points.
As Wired describes it, Bluedot uses techniques like natural-language processing and machine-learning to sift through global news reports, airline data, as well as reports of animal disease outbreak. These automated results are then sent to epidemiologists, who then look over them.
If everything checks out, the company sends alerts to its client, both in the public and private sectors.
Company founder Kamran Khan further explained how BlueDot tries to track and move information faster than the disease can travel, highlighting how it correctly predicted where outside China the Wuhan virus would land after its initial appearance.
Locations like Bangkok, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo were all accurately forecasted.