While working my way through the TED Talks, another one really resonated with me: John Wilbanks's talk, Let's pool our medical data.
Wilbanks runs the Consent to Research Project. They're trying to create a "massive pool of openly available, user-contributed data about health and disease" that can be used for health research. I can see some drawbacks, like big corporations using the data to create products we don't need, but other than that, I think it's an amazing idea.
What do you think? Would you share your medical data to help others?
Read about John Wilbanks' experience sharing his genotype on a public wiki. Fascinating stuff.