In this second instalment of our two-part data special we look at an ambitious scheme to uncover medical secrets in the numbers of everyday life

Inside the massive plan to track the lives of 10,000 New Yorkers

THERE is life in data, if you know how where to look: the number of steps from your apartment to the coffee shop, the cost of a latte, the levels of pollution in the October air you’re breathing in. As we move through the world, we leave thousands of other signals behind us that speak volumes about our health and well-being. Now, a new project in New York City will gather and process those signals on an unprecedented scale.

The ambitious scheme, named the Kavli HUMAN Project, will track every last scrap of data generated by 10,000 New Yorkers. Taken together, that data will weave a detailed narrative of each person’s life – where they go, what they do, how they’re feeling, how they walk the line between sickness and health.

The idea is to dive deep into everyday situations, says Dennis Ausiello, director of the …

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