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Bill Gates and "The next outbreak? We’re not ready"
Did you see Bill Gates' TED video about "The next outbreak? We’re not ready"

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Dearest
I recommend you watch this Bill Gates video
Dear Luis,

The one problem that I have with Bill Gates it that he thinks BIG. He has built one of the largest organizations in the world that directly and indirectly employees hundreds of thousands of people.

For example an new release of the Windows platform would involve over a million people.

As a result his response requires vast resources to implement. When you try to mirror a western approach to a third world country you will get problems.

The problem is that we have been here before. Between Ebola, H1N1, avian Flu, Aids, polio and Spanish flu we have dealt with outbreaks by containing them and slowly eradicating them.

But between each outbreak there seems to a knowledge gap or complacency because each outbreak response is not building on the last outbreak response even this is how viruses work.

What we need to look at is improved screening techniques at port of entries to a country. Millions is spent on airport security but at present a screening for biological pathogens when entering a country consists of filling out a questionnaire.

A more technically advanced solution needs to be put in place to identify harmful pathogens before they are allowed to be transmitted to other people.

With the advent of low cost travel, increase in online shopping and manufacturing being moved to low cost and high risk centres, this has only broaden the area where possible harmful pathogen could arrive from.

Daire
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 15, 2020 5:56 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

If ... the countries of the world support armies financially and invest millions in the development of technology, why not do the same for the health of humanity?
Mar 15, 2020 4:02 PM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

The one problem that I have with Bill Gates it that he thinks BIG. He has built one of the largest organizations in the world that directly and indirectly employees hundreds of thousands of people.

For example an new release of the Windows platform would involve over a million people.

As a result his response requires vast resources to implement. When you try to mirror a western approach to a third world country you will get problems.

The problem is that we have been here before. Between Ebola, H1N1, avian Flu, Aids, polio and Spanish flu we have dealt with outbreaks by containing them and slowly eradicating them.

But between each outbreak there seems to a knowledge gap or complacency because each outbreak response is not building on the last outbreak response even this is how viruses work.

What we need to look at is improved screening techniques at port of entries to a country. Millions is spent on airport security but at present a screening for biological pathogens when entering a country consists of filling out a questionnaire.

A more technically advanced solution needs to be put in place to identify harmful pathogens before they are allowed to be transmitted to other people.

With the advent of low cost travel, increase in online shopping and manufacturing being moved to low cost and high risk centres, this has only broaden the area where possible harmful pathogen could arrive from.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

If ... the countries of the world support armies financially and invest millions in the development of technology, why not do the same for the health of humanity?
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1 reply by Daire Guiney
Mar 16, 2020 6:48 AM
Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

This is because Governments deal with what threat is immediately and what is now.

A Government is elected based on its promises and manifesto. This normally consists of increases in spending in areas that will generate the most votes. For example as politics swings to more extremist forms to the left, Foreign Aid and third world assistance is the first to get cut.

Also some western countries use military spending as a sort of 'joining our club' and 'thinking like us'. Even if a country does not need arms and weapons there is always a country eager to sell.

So when it comes to virus outbreaks and containment, this always seems to fall off the radar between each successive outbreak and then again becomes crisis when there is a new outbreak.

So the question comes down to governance and how we as a society govern and are being governed. In order to progress as a race we need a Democracy Version 2.0 that moves away from people obsessed with being in power to those whose job is to solve problems. And that is all Government is, to solve problems of an agreed collective.

Daire
Mar 15, 2020 5:56 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

If ... the countries of the world support armies financially and invest millions in the development of technology, why not do the same for the health of humanity?
Dear Luis,

This is because Governments deal with what threat is immediately and what is now.

A Government is elected based on its promises and manifesto. This normally consists of increases in spending in areas that will generate the most votes. For example as politics swings to more extremist forms to the left, Foreign Aid and third world assistance is the first to get cut.

Also some western countries use military spending as a sort of 'joining our club' and 'thinking like us'. Even if a country does not need arms and weapons there is always a country eager to sell.

So when it comes to virus outbreaks and containment, this always seems to fall off the radar between each successive outbreak and then again becomes crisis when there is a new outbreak.

So the question comes down to governance and how we as a society govern and are being governed. In order to progress as a race we need a Democracy Version 2.0 that moves away from people obsessed with being in power to those whose job is to solve problems. And that is all Government is, to solve problems of an agreed collective.

Daire
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 16, 2020 6:58 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

Governments change but military budgets vary little

Could we take the same approach to health? (In which I naturally include research and development)

We agree.
We need to rethink our political system and the priorities in our society
Mar 16, 2020 6:48 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
...
Dear Luis,

This is because Governments deal with what threat is immediately and what is now.

A Government is elected based on its promises and manifesto. This normally consists of increases in spending in areas that will generate the most votes. For example as politics swings to more extremist forms to the left, Foreign Aid and third world assistance is the first to get cut.

Also some western countries use military spending as a sort of 'joining our club' and 'thinking like us'. Even if a country does not need arms and weapons there is always a country eager to sell.

So when it comes to virus outbreaks and containment, this always seems to fall off the radar between each successive outbreak and then again becomes crisis when there is a new outbreak.

So the question comes down to governance and how we as a society govern and are being governed. In order to progress as a race we need a Democracy Version 2.0 that moves away from people obsessed with being in power to those whose job is to solve problems. And that is all Government is, to solve problems of an agreed collective.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

Governments change but military budgets vary little

Could we take the same approach to health? (In which I naturally include research and development)

We agree.
We need to rethink our political system and the priorities in our society
Dear Luis,

As advanced weaponry and technology makes it way on to the battlefield most countries are scaling back the size of their armies and removing conscription from their constitution.

The military spend is moving from salary soldiers to advanced weapons. You can now run a aircraft carrier with only a few hundred people.

Also this advanced weaponry has entered the realm of Mutually Assurance Destruction (M.A.D.) so that very few countries have the upper hand Militarily speaking.

This advanced military weapon has duel use and most of the technology has a commercial use such as radar, weather prediction and space travel.

As to your original question, I do not think we need to adopt the same approach as research and development takes many years to produce results and this is not the same objective as military thinking. The longer a war the more expensive it becomes.

What we do need is more empathy in the world. If we become more aware of our fellow citizen then its money well spent as apposed to money wasted.

Daire
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2 replies by Luis Branco and Stéphane Parent
Mar 16, 2020 7:59 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire

Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

We agree that it is necessary for health to use the same principles that are used for the army

Putting technology at the service of people (example: health monitoring on an individual basis)

New organization
(example: cross-functional teams of health professionals to support a predetermined amount of population)

Technology to provide information to multifunctional teams

Continue to do research and development

We also agree that it is necessary to develop empathy and all domains related to humanity (example: Principles and Values)
Mar 16, 2020 1:30 PM
Stéphane Parent
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"War does not determine who is right — only who is left" - Anonymous
Mar 16, 2020 7:15 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

As advanced weaponry and technology makes it way on to the battlefield most countries are scaling back the size of their armies and removing conscription from their constitution.

The military spend is moving from salary soldiers to advanced weapons. You can now run a aircraft carrier with only a few hundred people.

Also this advanced weaponry has entered the realm of Mutually Assurance Destruction (M.A.D.) so that very few countries have the upper hand Militarily speaking.

This advanced military weapon has duel use and most of the technology has a commercial use such as radar, weather prediction and space travel.

As to your original question, I do not think we need to adopt the same approach as research and development takes many years to produce results and this is not the same objective as military thinking. The longer a war the more expensive it becomes.

What we do need is more empathy in the world. If we become more aware of our fellow citizen then its money well spent as apposed to money wasted.

Daire
Dear Daire

Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

We agree that it is necessary for health to use the same principles that are used for the army

Putting technology at the service of people (example: health monitoring on an individual basis)

New organization
(example: cross-functional teams of health professionals to support a predetermined amount of population)

Technology to provide information to multifunctional teams

Continue to do research and development

We also agree that it is necessary to develop empathy and all domains related to humanity (example: Principles and Values)
...
1 reply by Daire Guiney
Mar 27, 2020 6:59 AM
Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

Its sounds like you are infavour of wearable technology.

Iphone and Iwatch already have the technology to constantly monitor you health and general wellbeing but I do not see anybody using this approach during the COVID-19 outbreak even though it is readily available and free to use.

I do not think empowering people to take control of their own health and wellbeing is the way to prevent the next outbreak. You would have so many issues with privacy and medical negligence could increase as a result.

Using AI to solve these problem may cut down on some of the grunt work but a better approach is still needed to prevent these outbreaks.

Daire
Mar 16, 2020 7:15 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
...
Dear Luis,

As advanced weaponry and technology makes it way on to the battlefield most countries are scaling back the size of their armies and removing conscription from their constitution.

The military spend is moving from salary soldiers to advanced weapons. You can now run a aircraft carrier with only a few hundred people.

Also this advanced weaponry has entered the realm of Mutually Assurance Destruction (M.A.D.) so that very few countries have the upper hand Militarily speaking.

This advanced military weapon has duel use and most of the technology has a commercial use such as radar, weather prediction and space travel.

As to your original question, I do not think we need to adopt the same approach as research and development takes many years to produce results and this is not the same objective as military thinking. The longer a war the more expensive it becomes.

What we do need is more empathy in the world. If we become more aware of our fellow citizen then its money well spent as apposed to money wasted.

Daire
"War does not determine who is right — only who is left" - Anonymous
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 16, 2020 2:13 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We agree when you write: "War does not determine who is right - only who is left" - Anonymous

Did you have the opportunity to see the video I am referring to?
Mar 16, 2020 1:30 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
...
"War does not determine who is right — only who is left" - Anonymous
Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We agree when you write: "War does not determine who is right - only who is left" - Anonymous

Did you have the opportunity to see the video I am referring to?
Thank you.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 27, 2020 10:04 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Tyler
Thank you for participating in this reflection
I would like to know your opinion
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