back to article Rolls-Royce leads data analytics alliance with its sights set on COVID-19 economic recovery

First data was the new oil, then Google said data is more like sunlight. A flood of organisations proposing big data insight into the COVID-19 response would have anyone believe it is the new medicine. One of the more noteworthy initiatives comes from industrial group and aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. It is …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Epidemiological Data

    If it turns out that big data analysis can identify / infer covid19 infections, that would be very useful. Because at the moment with the woeful lack of testing the medical authorities have no actual knowledge of the true spread of the virus, and so we have no idea if the lockdown is the correct response. We’ve seen an academic spat between Imperial and Oxford universities over the assumptions made in modelling the spread, and only one of them is correct. I suspect the lockdown policy would be very different if it were established that we’d all already had it, much as Oxford had modelled.

    I know Google once crowed that could predict flu outbreaks, until it turned out they couldn’t, so perhaps this is a pipe dream...

    1. ManMountain1

      Re: Epidemiological Data

      We need the antibody test for that really though. The antigen test will only show who has it right now.

      1. Bronek Kozicki

        Re: Epidemiological Data

        Ideally we need both because for some people virus infections take longer to clear (cough, cough)

  2. Julz


    Is Hari Seldon when you need him...

    1. BebopWeBop
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      Re: Where

      Very good - a contributor of my own generation (well I did read them as a lad).

  3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    sentiment data????

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