German COVID-19 Tracing App presented

This week, the German government together with SAP and the Telekom presented the COVID-19 tracing app. To be honest, I am suprised how the whole process went. The documentation and source-code is fully available online. SAP and the Telekom processed valuable feedback from experts. Only the costs of nearly 20 milion Euro stand out. But if such an app needs to developed asap, logically, companies will charge higher fees as usual.
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Master graduation

Last week I finally graduated with my Master. After some months of lots of sweat and writing, I gave the defense of my thesis last week Wednesday morning. I expected a grade between 7 and 8 (in the Netherlands the rating is between 1 and 10, and 10 is the max., the passing grade is 5.5). However, I even got a 9, which I really did not expect. Subsequently, my supervisor asked me if want to help them to make a scientific paper of my thesis to be published in a conference.
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German COVID-19 Tracing App

Last week the Telekom and SAP, which both got “elected” by the German government to develop a COVID-19 tracing app, published a repository on GitHub. Initially, it contains the documentation, primarily about the architecture of the whole system. At a later stage the source-code will be added. I am very curious how this will play out. But also I am sceptical if such an app can keep it promises. I will elaborate on this separatly in another blog post.
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Planetary Health Diet

Today I was reading in the Guardian that we, the public, spend $1m each minute (!!!) to subsidize the current way of farming. Also talked about in the article is the “Planetary Health Diet”, an initiative from eatforum.org and many collaborating scientists. They published a report, which gives insight about what is currently going on with the way we eat, what are the consequences (i.E. climate change and reduced bio diversity), and what needs to be changed to prevent those consequences.
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COVID-19 tracing app

In the last few weeks several proof-of-concepts of a COVID-19 tracing app have been proposed. The Dutch goverment even conducted a hackathon, but not with promising results. I think one of the fundamental problems is that it is not clear what the actual problem is the app should solve. As Albert Einstein once said: “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.
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