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研究想要追踪10000纽约人所做的一切都超过20年解开人类状况的奥秘

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Inspired by big data advances in astronomy and physics, a group of researchers wants to use the same approach for social sciences。 The plan is to recruit 10,000 New Yorkers and track everything technology can record about their lives over 20 years。 From this ocean of data, the scientists hope to spot patterns that we otherwise might have missed about our health, financial situation, parenting —; just about everything。

The Kavli HUMAN Project is ambitious, to say the least。 It will be “;the first true study of all of the factors that make humans… human,”; as stated on the project’;s website。

Enabled by technology like wearables, smart sensors or the ubiquity of smartphones and mobile apps, the team led by Paul Glimcher, a social scientist at New York University, wants to learn as much as it is humanly possible about the lives of 10,000 people from 4,000 households。 Each person’;s life will be documented, which includes the full genome sequence, IQ and personality scores, financial records, buying habits, employment, time spent on email or with pets, stool samples and so on。 There’;s even an idea laid on the table to track how often participants interact with family members using Bluetooth sensors。 And all of this should go on for two decades。

There is no immediate goal in mind。 It’;s just about mining data in the hope that eventually among all the noise we will spot patterns。 For instance, we could learn why some people are healthier, happier and live longer than others, then use this information to make everyone else’;s lives at least a bit better。

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