Your private medical data is for sale – and it’s driving a business worth billions | Technology | The Guardian

Your medical data is for sale – all of it. Adam Tanner, a fellow at Harvard’s institute for quantitative social science and author of a new book on the topic, Our Bodies, Our Data, said that patients generally don’t know that their most personal information – what diseases they test positive for, what surgeries they have had – is the stuff of multibillion-dollar business.

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Google to put health information directly into search results | Technology | The Guardian

Google to put health information directly into search results | Technology | The Guardian.

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 Google says one in 20 searches is health-related. Photograph: Cultura Creative (RF)/Alamy

Google is changing the way it displays search queries to pull medical facts directly into its results.

The medical information is being added to the company’s Knowledge Graph, which underpins Google’s instant search results and powers Google’s Now personal assistant and app. It will allow health questions to be answered directly, without a user having to click.

Google already does this with dictionary definitions, schedules for big sporting events and Wikipedia extracts for famous people. Knowledge Graph is essentially a built-in encyclopaedia, which pulls in facts, data and illustrations from various sources.

One in 20 searches on Google are health-related, according to the company. “We’ll show you typical symptoms and treatments, as well as details on how common the condition is – whether it’s critical, if it’s contagious, what ages it affects, and more,” said Prem Ramaswami, a product manager for Google’s search.


Startups and depression: the dark side of entrepreneurship | Technology | theguardian.com

Startups and depression: the dark side of entrepreneurship | Technology | theguardian.com.

Entrepreneur Niall Harbison says the pressure to succeed and the fear of failure means many people running ambitious startups are afraid to ask for help

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The fear of failure and pressure to succeed can push entrepreneurs into the ‘black dog’ of depression, says entrepreneur Niall Harbison. Photograph: Paul Cooper/Barcroft Media

Being an entrepreneur has never been more desirable, and I should know because I am one.

At 34 I have ticked a good few boxes: I’ve had an exit, a failed business, raised more than half a million dollars for three different businesses and now run two startups with global ambitions.

But despite living what some might think is the “entrepreneurial dream”, I have suffered from very bad depression throughout all of my success and failures.

We aren’t meant to be a success and suffer from depression. Just like many others, I had lots of probably outdated misconceptions about depression and thought it would never affect someone like me. Yet I was running a business with 25 people when I first discovered I was suffering from it.

In truth I’d had it for years, but because I worked in startups I just called it “stress” or “burnout”. But when the doctor said the word “depression” I was shocked. Angry, even. How could you have depression if you had a booming startup, a nice house, great friends and a lovely car?

I’d been able to hide it for years, even from myself, because I had been working so hard. But when I started getting panic attacks, having to stay in bed for days at a time and generally working under a cloud of fog, I knew I needed to do something about it.


Internet: entre Mente y Cuerpo


Si algo no está en Internet, es porque no tiene importancia. Hoy vivimos de acuerdo a ese credo. Uno que permea y reconfigura aspectos centrales de nuestra visión de mundo. Por ejemplo: Considere la hoy masiva alianza de Internet con la sexualidad. Sin erótica, Internet perdería mucho —eso no lo niegan ni los más puritanos. Internet debe incluir sexo. Pero también parece hoy cada vez más posible, limitar la sexualidad al ciber-mundo virtual. A muchos hoy les parece que no necesitamos experienciar nada más real. Ello, a pesar de que aún entendemos que la sexualidad es, sobre todo, una pulsión que destilan nuestros cuerpos; esos mismos cuerpos que no pueden ser subidos a Internet; que en los momentos álgidos de la ciber-erótica, permanecen apartados. ¿Cómo es posible que la sexualidad triunfe en Internet dándole la espalda a aquello que parecía ser su principal motivación? Se privilegia la facilidad e inmediatez que ofrece Internet, para gatillar efímeras emociones mentales. Y con ello, al mismo tiempo, se obvian vivencias más profundas que precisarían recurrir a la solvencia sexual de los cuerpos  ¿Será por eso que hasta las gracias de esa solvencia, la competencia y la fiabilidad corporal, ya no seducen tanto? No sería el único caso en que subir la mente a Internet conlleva traicionar al cuerpo que queda abajo.