“CONTACT TRACING: Our World Is Changing!”
We the people have continuously been giving up their freedoms in the name of peace and safety something Benjamin Franklin warned us of…They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Apple and Google have gotten into the digital contact tracing space, the companies jointly announced the partnership. Together, the tech giants rolled out a COVID-19 exposure notification system, essentially a unified programming interface that will allow public health departments to create their own contact tracing applications.
“Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android, Apple and Google said in a statement. Today, this technology is in the hands of public health agencies across the world who will take the lead and we will continue to support their efforts.”
After an individual downloads and enables a contact tracing application on his phone, he would subsequently receive an alert if he is exposed to anyone who is diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19. Of course, that assumes that the COVID-19-positive individual also has the application enabled on his phone.
The companies said that digital contact tracing is meant to augment traditional human-to-human tracing, not replace it. Digital contact tracing is faster than traditional tracing, requires fewer resources and since it doesn’t rely on human memory, can make it easier to track exposure in crowded spaces, or contact with strangers.
On the other hand, for such applications to be effective, they require users to download and enable the applications on their phones, and it’s not yet clear that Americans will be willing to do so en masse.
One model, by the University of Oxford, found that for digital contact tracing to be effective, 60% of the population would have to opt in. Lower adoption rates could still have a positive effect, the researchers noted.
Apple and Google got input from public health associations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nonprofits, government officials, academics and privacy experts in order to address some of those concerns, the companies said.
Once they download the app, users will have to consent to make their information available to the health authorities and can turn it on and off when they choose to. Data collection will be kept private and only used by health authorities for COVID-19 exposure, not stored in a central database.
Both Apple and Google said that they will not monetize the data that comes out of the exposure notification system but how sure are we that Pharmaceutical companies will not take advantage of the data to make a kill?
In Kenya Use of cash in public transport services is likely to be banned once the government approves a digital fare collection system that will also have the technical capability to contact trace passengers in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has advertised for bids inviting tech companies to install mobile software and web applications for the nearly 2 00,000 matatus in the country. Once the system is in place, all passengers could be required to pay their fares via mobile money platforms, giving the government access to their identities and personal contact information that is needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, which has disrupted lives worldwide.
NTSA Director-General George Njao said through a tender notice the authority plans to introduce the mandatory use of cashless payments for all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs)”. “The cashless system will also provide a platform for development of an effective contact tracing application to support the government effort in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.”
Contact tracing, a disease control method that traditionally relies on patients’ memories of their movements, identifies people they might have infected so they too can be isolated either for monitoring or treatment.
For those who did Psychology, you remember Ivan Pavlov with his Conditioning Theory. Conditioning in Behavioral Psychology is a theory that the reaction (“response”) to an object or event (“stimulus”) by a person or animal can be modified by ‘learning’, or conditioning.
The future of this world is Artificial Intelligence. The antichrist is going to rule this world through Artificial Intelligence. You see what governments are telling their people to do now? “Go home and work from home, you can have your conference online, churches, schools are now operating through online. Isn’t that amazing? Everything is through the internet. They have succeeded to bring us to a point where we humans do not have any contacts as they continue to promote this social distancing now we are addicted to their new god which is Artificial Intelligence especially that 5G is about to be launched.
In the last 200 years, machine replaced land as the most important economic asset and so politics became a struggle to control machines and now data is replacing machine as the most important assets, now governments are struggling to control data. You can remember the beef USA had with China as they were unveiling their 5G through Huawei?
This is not the time to sleep. Wake up and be sure, the world as it is, will never be the same again. God Bless.