Conrad says that this sort of monitoring has to be easy. It can't involve putting a radar dish on your head or jabbing a needle into your arm.
Google X, Conrad says, is a little different from Google. "It's an unbounded thing" which takes on big problems.
Conrad: "Can you imagine changing your oil when the engine is broken?" That's what we do with healthcare.
Google is looking for partners to work with on nanoparticles, ones which can deploy the technology. There's an economic incentive, but it's also about Google X's mission of solving the world's problems.
Joanna asks Conrad if Google has any interest in using data collected from nanoparticles for marketing purposes. No, no, no, he says. That's like thinking that GE is in charge of your X-ray.
Conrad says it'll be a few years before nanoparticles are part of life, and at first they'll be for high-risk individuals. "It's amazing how many sensors fit on a car. Why not have that many sensors for something far more important than transportation?"
Question from audience: "The biggest problem of mankind is death. Are you working on death?:" Conrad says that they' are, by trying to stave off ill health. "Ultimately, death is our foe."
Question from audience: Is the nanoparticle pill targeted, or is it a target which does different stuff? Eventually, it might be available in a variety of versions tailored for people with difficult health risks, Conrad says.
Someone asks how you get rid of the nanoparticles. They're inert, Conrad says. And "your liver and bowels do a good job of getting rid of them...they just go away the old-fashioned way."
Conrad says that Google has done thousands of experiments involving "nanoparticle gymnastics."
(Last night at WSJ.D, Tim Cook said that Apple isn't trying to cure cancer. Today, Andrew Conrad is saying that Google *is* taking it on.)
Conrad says that we need to "measure what a healthy person should be, not what sick people are."
Andrew Conrad interview is over. Lots of food for thought.
Analyst Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz is onstage sharing stats.
The big change is that everybody on earth is going to get a supercomputer in their pocket, he says.
In San Francisco, Apple has 2.3rd of the smartphone market, Evans says. "In Delhi, it's a long way from that."
More iPhones and Android phones have been sold than Japanese cameras, ever, Evans says.
50% of communications by adults are done with email and phone, Evans says. For teens, they're irrelevant.
Evans says that Amazon is building the Sears Roebuck of the 21st century "and every once in a while accidentally making a profit." Is it a retail company or a tech company?
When technologies are fully adopted, they disappear, Evans says. Showing a chart indicating that over time, references to railways in Google Books faded.
Current panel, moderated by the Journal's Christopher Mims, is on the grand myths of cybersecurity. Dan Kaufman of DARPA is talking.
He says hackers always win because they have an economic incentive to do so. And one hacker can hit millions of things. "Why does that have to be the case?" We could create apps which recompile every time they're installed and are therefore unique on each device.
Kevin Mandia of FireEye is talking about the challenge of a soup company like Campbell's preventing a government agency somewhere in the world from conducting espionage against it.
DARPA's Kaufman says that at cyberattacks become more prevalent, the president of the U.S. can't be involved in reacting, as Obama is now. You have to figure out how to push responsibility down.
Kaufman says that apps might even change over time to prevent hacker attacks, like an immune system.
In the audience, Gregor Freund of Versal, who founded security company Zone Labs, says that small businesses are a hidden security problem, since they often have many vulnerabilities. He asks what we can do about it. Kaufman says that we need to start by building things right, and then automate security so users aren't doing anything manually.
"Thank you, gentlemen. Personally, I found this session terrifying," says moderator Christopher Mims.
We're entering a lunch break at WSJ.D. I'll be back in the afternoon with coverage of more sessions.
The first afternoon session has begun: It's moderated by the Journal's Jonathan Krim and features Waze CEO Noam Bardin and David Soloff of Premise.
Bardin says that Waze no longer reports how many users it has now that it's part of Google, but it has a lot more than the 50 million it had when it was acquired. 200,000 editors do a lot of the core work of providing its data on traffic.
In the future, Waze should take advantage of data such as the fact that cities know when roads will be closed months in advance, Bardin says.
Soloff is explaining what Premise does. It crowdsources data like food availability and crowd sentiment on elections--information which is often hard to get. It finds motivated citizens to collect data using the camera and GPS on their mobile devices, and sometimes pays them.
Premise uses an Android app in the Play Store. It's in places like Mexico, Indonesia, and Nigeria. People have "all the inventive in the world" to make money by collecting data with Premise's app. Krim asks how many people are using it. "More than one and less than ten thousand," says Soloff.
Premise is providing highly granular data to organizations such as banks and NGOs. "It's a long sales cycle," Soloff says,
Bardin says that "Every person in the world should be using Waze whenever they're in their car." The volunteer community even manages Waze's social-media accounts in countries around the world. And there are places in the world where Waze is impacting the traffic itself. It needs a new algorithm that optimizes the road network by creating traffic on certain roads.
Christopher Mims of the Journal asks Soloff what percentage of Premise's customers are hedge funds. "Fewer than 10%." Mims says he's surprised it isn't higher.
An audience member asks Soloff if he sees Premise doing the U.S. census. "Yeah, actually. I mean, not anytime soon." The way it's done now is inefficient. Maybe Premise could do it for 10% of the price. But Premise's first opportunity is collecting data that otherwise doesn't exist.
Audience member asks Bardin about the future of connected cars. Will Waze be built in? Bardin says that Waze sees cars as fundamentally dumb, and there's a lot of friction to getting into cars. But it would be cool if Waze knew the temperature, how much fuel you had. "We're very bulish about cars but bearish about getting into them."
In answer to a question from Krim, Bardin says that government regulation keeps him up at night. Regulations can't keep up with the promise of technology. The definition of what privacy is, is evolving as the technology does.
Peter Thiel is now onstage with the Journal's Dennis Berman.
Email "changes things a lot and makes things somewhat better," Thiel says. He says that's true of a lot of technology.