Larry Page believes private medical histories shouldn't be private


Larry Page: The right kind of person.

Bloggers are all a-twitter about Charlie Rose's recent interview of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) co-founder Larry Page at a TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. Page, enduring the softball-quickly-followed-by-frustrating-interruption style of Rose, still managed to eke out responses of intense bloggy interest. When asked about government surveillance, Page lamented the "tremendously disappointing" behavior of the NSA. Sounds noble, but it may end up sounding duplicitous. Recent testimony by NSA general counsel stated Google had full knowledge of data harvesting activities from day one, despite the company making denials to the contrary for months.

Also causing a stir were Page's comments that private medical data should be shared with the "right people in the right ways." Just who are the right people, bloggers wonder. Never mind, bloggers should just use Google: It has data on just about everything, on just about everyone.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers clear their cache.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.


Gregory Ferenstein has nothing to hide:

[Page] made a rare appearance at [TED] and expounded on a few ideas he thinks will change the world. ... "Wouldn't it be amazing to have anonymous medical records available to all research doctors?"  MORE


But Olga Kharif and Brian Womack limit what they share:

Larry Page criticized the [NSA's] surveillance activities, calling for limits on what the U.S. government can do.


Page has said little publicly about the NSA's data collection since co-authoring a blog post in June following last year's release of documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.  MORE


Straight from the horse's mouth:

DeepMind is a UK company we just acquired. Voice recognition is important. Right now...speech recognition is not very good. It doesn't understand you. ... DeepMind started playing video games and learning automatically. ... Imagine if this kind of intelligence were thrown at...your information needs. That's what I'm excited about.  MORE


Superhero Steven Musil catches a baby and protects medical records:

Page worries that "we're throwing the baby out with the bathwater" when it comes to how people protect the privacy of their medical records, adding that he sees value in sharing with information with "the right people in the right ways."


Page, who lost his voice for a time due to vocal cord paralysis, said...Google co-founder Sergei Brin...persuaded him to discuss his condition openly, [and] connect with who had similar conditions."  MORE


Thinking he's an evil gangsta, Marcus Wohlsen raps badly:

"Most people think companies are basically evil. They get a bad rap. And I think that's somewhat correct," Page said. "Companies are doing the same incremental thing that they did 50 years ago. ... [We] need revolutionary change, not incremental change."  MORE


Then, Jay Yarow freaks out on stage:

Google CEO Larry Page was on stage with Charlie Rose at a TED conference today.


We didn't see a stream of his talk, but judging by Twitter, it was a doozy.  MORE


Meanwhile, Om Malik is challenged by lameness:

I love how BigCo Execs grant interviews to technically challenged interviewers who can't press them on their BS.   MORE

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