Can Google beat death?
And it is convinced that we can live more and better, that is why it’s investing billions of dollars in science, with the aim of revolutionizing the world of medicine.
A few months ago the Sillicon Valley company made public its alliance with Sanofi, a French pharmacist company, to fight diabetes, a condition that affects 400 million people worldwide.
The two companies have joined forces to work on small electronic devices to collect and store large amounts of data, as well as software that use that information to find new formulas against the disease, an evil that will reach the 592 million affected in the year 2035, according to the International Federation of Diabetes.
This is by no means the first step Google has taken in its fight against diseases. Two years ago it presented his smart lenses with the intention of making the diabetics’ everyday life easier.
Over the years, scientists have investigated different body fluids that allow blood glucose level to be known – and thus prevent patients from having to prick themselves several times a day – without much success.
And because the searcher does not like to stay behind, it devised in its semi-secret laboratories its famous lenses, consisting of tiny chips and sensors and an antenna finer than a human hair, able to measure blood sugar levels once per second.
However, this is not the most surprising announcement Google has made since its scientific vocation began.
Neuroscientist Bill Maris, the former chairman of Google Ventures – the investment arm of Alphabet, which is Google’s parent company – left everyone stunned last year when he announced that it is possible to live 500 years.
His goal: “to make chemotherapy look like something primitive in 20 years”. For this task, Google invested more than 400 million dollars in 2015.
Although it captures everyone’s attention, Google is not the only technological company with desire to revolutionize the scientific panorama.
Intel, one of the largest in Sillicon Valley, announced its union with drugmaker Teva to improve the quality of life of those suffering from severe Huntington’s disease . Now, the two companies work together to launch a wearable technology that measures the progress of the disease.
Patients should wear a smart watch and use a mobile device that incorporates a detection technology to continuously measure body function and movement. The data collected by the devices will be transmitted wirelessly to the cloud, and stored on a platform created by Intel to assess the severity of motor problems.
With the explosion of new technologies, more powerful and more capable, it’s open the door to a world of unprecedented progress, which seems to show that the future of medical and scientific discoveries will depend, to a large extent, on our ability to process and analyze a massive amount of data.
The technological companies, which have a leading role in this task, have already embarked on the path so that one day, not so far from today, all of this will be possible.