I'm not sure what to make of this, Neo. Research Councils UK are reporting that policymakers and planners may soon have access to real-time, real-world data for the United Kingdom's entire population.

The "grid computing" project e-Science seeks to integrate data currently tracked by disparate agencies, allowing researchers to cross-tabulate virtually any ("anonymous") data in the UK. Projected benefits include the ability to track (and forecast) health, employment, car ownership, et al.

Potential drawbacks, anyone?

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