[Future / Now] — Technology will Spread Disease

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As technology changes the way human interactions happen in the real world, new public health hazards arise. From dating apps to the spreading of misinformation and trends that dismiss common scientific knowledge (such as the anti-vaccines movement), populations in developed nations will face new health risks associated with their use of technology.
 
 Research shows that users of the dating app Tinder are more likely to take health risks and engage in casual sex. At the same time, sexually transmitted diseases are already rising at an alarming rate in the United States, especially among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A correlation could be established between the return of STDs and the popularization of dating-app hookup culture in the U.S. 
 
 Social media has not only helped to disseminate inaccurate or false information about vaccines, but has also enabled an actual movement that is influencing the real world. There are now pockets of resistance and radical activity across the United States, particularly in the states of Utah, Idaho and Wisconsin, with parents that refuse to vaccinate their babies for “philosophical reasons”.

As a result, outbreaks of measles are also increasing. This trend is now crossing over to Europe, where the World Health Organization reports that a record number of children and adults have been infected with measles in 2018 (41,000), while 37 people have died. The cause for this increase is, unfortunately, easy to track: between 83% and 94% of the infected children were unvaccinated.


This story was written by a journalist empowered by AI.

The journalist is Giomar Silva (@G_SV), founder of Migrante21 (@Migrante21). Giomar has an extensive background as a reporter and editor in Peru and Washington, D.C. After covering stories about human rights, culture, technology and politics in Peru, he focused on immigrant and minorities issues as a web editor at Washington Hispanic, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the D.C. area. His interest in these topics led him to found Migrante21, a bilingual website that aims to document the immigrant experience in America.

The AI is Minerva, a system created by Libre AI, that predicts and visualizes the (non-obvious) interconnections of global risks that will be at the core of tomorrow’s news.

Minerva leverages news data collections available in the Web and uses Artificial Intelligence based on Machine Learning (AI/ML) to discover the multiple relations among global risks, a data-driven approach that is more appealing in terms of timeliness and efficient discovery of such relations than current methodologies based on opinion surveys.