A new report on global technology development by the International Telecommunication Union found that there were 6 billion mobile subscriptions at the end of 2011 — 7 billion people inhabit Earth. China and India each have around 1 billion subscriptions.
The number of mobile subscriptions is double the number of Internet subscriptions — there are 2.3 billion.
The researchers combined these two giant data measures to see how travel patterns impact the spread of the disease. In Nairobi, for example, researchers found that there were a surprising number of “imported infections” from people who travel to a place where they are more likely to get infected.
What practical measures can this data be used for? The researchers offer two: a map can be made showing the places that mostly emit the disease and the places that mostly receive the disease. Another could be sending text messages to people traveling to high-risk areas and encouraging the use of a mosquito net.
Phi Beta Iota: The World Brain and Global Game are forming in fits and starts. A great deal of good could be achieved, sooner, if the proven process of intelligence were integrated into all eight “tribes” or communities — telecommunications providers are missing the biggest game changing play on the planet.