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So, Google Maps is already collecting geo-location data about phones
moving along roads to predict traffic congestions.
It would be quite simple to allow Google Maps users to self-evaluate (after
they know their Covid-19 status), and share that info with Google Maps.
Google Maps could
then be used to generate near real-time heat map
probability clouds (a
in Niantic Ingress) to help people navigate around areas displaying higher
People with higher risk scores then may also be prevented from entering
gatherings of healthy people, without having them quarantined at home.
Navigating around risk (or probability of getting infected) clouds would allow
get around safer, just like driving around obstacles.
With that, one could imagine also gamifying that, for example, with Niantic
Ingress version for Covid-19, where the "XM" (exotic matter) is of the
type -- one that you don't have to go collect, but one that you have to stay
away from to prevent one's user from suffering lower game score. Imagine
that once you contact with this red "XM", your user gets itself "warmer"
(redder) and then gets cooler over time of 2 weeks.
John Wayne Gacy
"Call me Pennywise... " [8th of 7, Sep 24 2020]
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||If the Google probability cloud map colors were instead
reversed, such that an infected zone appeared soothingly
safe, healthy people could unknowingly navigate to areas of
maximum infection, the "Covid numbers" would spike
dramatically, then drop like a bomb and we'd be back to
normalcy. Whatever that was.
||[whatrock], it would require not just reversal of colors, and even the
inversal of distribution wouldn't be enough, because the distribution of
people is generally spiky, and covers much smaller areas than the
remaining uninhabited space. For something like the reversal of that kind
to happen, one would have to fabricate an alternative distribution.
||Seems like they're already doing something like this
somewhere, not necessarily in Google Maps, but another app
||//People with higher risk scores then may also be prevented//
||Authoritarianism has killed, is killing, and will continue to kill more people than all viruses.
||(Because it's true, but not because we oppose all authoritarianism per se - only the incompetent sort you humans seem to delight in. And excel at).
||This could be extended to include other potentially dangerous bugs, and for some would be very simple to implement - for example, C. tetani and C. botulinum would be "Pretty much the entire land surface of the planet".
||// Authoritarianism has killed, is killing, and will continue to kill more
people than all viruses.
||Regarding privacy footprint, the infected are the minority, damage
minimal. The infected ones who want to remain anonymous could use
specialized color-coded clothing that masks their identity from prying
eyes, and makes them stand out.
||...such as wearing sackcloth and rags, ringing a bell, and calling out "Unclean ! Unclean ! " as they walk... ?
||Or how about a reverse "Plague Doctor" costume ? Beak on the inside ?
||// sackcloth and rags or reverse "Plague Doctor" costume
||Think, what you'd like to wear. I think red-colored masks and one-way
mirror glasses with red-frames would do it... But we have bespoke clown
outfits too, that are made specifically to scare kids away.
||"Pogo the Clown lives ! "
||// This could be extended to include other potentially dangerous bugs
||Yeah, that generalization intended in the title, cause, if we have a tool that
helps navigate around risk, it better be more universal. The places that
have malaria or zika-carrying mosquitoes would definitely have to have
ambient risk reflected in the pathogen risk maps.