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Comment: I'm dubious (Score 1) 96

by wcrowe (#49398065) Attached to: The Democratization of Medical Diagnosis and Discovery

Maybe it has the ability to turn people into "better informed patients". I think it also turns more people into hypochondriacs. My daughter and son-in-law are chefs. They say it's amazing what people demand from the kitchen saying that they are "allergic" to this or that. Then there are those people who think they are better informed, but in fact are only cherry-picking those pieces of information that they want to hear -- which is what patients have done since the beginning of time.

Comment: Are you "Google smart?" (Score 1) 227

by wcrowe (#49392711) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'

I certainly think this is true in the sense that inaccuracies can get repeated so widely and so quickly on the internet, that even moderately intelligent people accept the inaccuracies as fact when, if they would just think for a little bit, they would realize that they are complete fiction. I call this being "Google smart".

Comment: Not always clever. (Score 4, Insightful) 68

by wcrowe (#49328827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?

There is a fine line between "clever" and "annoying". Very often, what gets considered as "related" content, is only tangently related, and sometimes the way it is displayed makes it indistinguishable from the content of the current article. Add to that all of the surrounding clickbait, and it just becomes a confusing mess.

Comment: We could do better (Score 1) 140

by wcrowe (#49285771) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response

As much as I hate to agree with Bill Gates, I do think we could do a better job when it comes to handling epidemics.

BTW, a "global epidemic" is called a pandemic, but perhaps that's splitting hairs.

Anyway, an epidemic can turn into a pandemic pretty quickly these days, so we need to be more nimble.

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