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Prototype software can give early warnings of disease or violence outbreaks by spotting clues in news reports.
Experiments suggest that monitoring viewer behavior via set-top boxes could help make TV commercials much more effective.
Companies count DNA sequences in the blood of high-risk moms to test for Down syndrome and other large-scale disruptions, but they could do more.
Google may choose to expand its service, but there’s little incentive for established players to come up to speed.
As well as making the grid more reliable and efficient, the technology could deliver high-speed Internet, TV, and telephony.
Understanding how the virus passes between mammals is a critical public health issue, they say.