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The future of public health: Surveillance cameras and drones that protect human lives

Everything is accelerating.

In 1965, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, noticed that the number of transistors in integrated circuits was doubling every 18 months. Costs remained the same, but performance doubled every 18 months. The name for this predictive heuristic is “Moore’s Law.”

Since that time, 65 years have passed. The costs of the computers inside smartphones are one thousand times cheaper and one million times more performative.

In 2021, the speed of this technological innovation will likely continue to accelerate at an exponential pace.

From this perspective, the future of public health may be one where it is commonplace to have next-generation human sensors that make use of drones, robots, and a city’s surveillance cameras.

Currently, automated temperature checks are performed at hotel entrances and other such locations. In the future, however, any surveillance camera will be able to measure the blood oxygen concentrations and general physical conditions of passersby.

Information from these surveillance cameras and reception robots will then be compared with personal clinical records stored in an advanced future version of the Individual Number Card. A future with such innovations is not an impossibility.