At the ignite conference today, Microsoft announced that the premonition project is about to enter the private preview phase. The project uses machine and sensor platforms to detect and sample mosquito like disease communicators and analyze samples using a cloud based software stack. In Microsoft’s vision, it is to create a system similar to weather monitoring, but it is aimed at disease outbreaks. The company first demonstrated the project in 2015, but it has gone a long way since then. It has been working with the National Science Foundation’s integration accelerator program over the past five years, and has worked with academic partners such as John Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Pittsburgh University and the Institute of health indicators and assessment at the University of Washington to jointly develop the tool. In addition, Microsoft has worked with pharmaceutical giant Bayer to gain insight into vector borne diseases and the role of autonomous sensor networks in biological threat detection;. The current project focuses on monitoring mosquito borne diseases. Microsoft has actually set up a premonition testing ground in its Redmond park to help researchers test their robots, train their machine learning models and analyze the data they collect. In this level 2 biological isolation laboratory, Microsoft mainly feeds and analyzes mosquitoes, but in the future, Microsoft will further expand to monitor the entire biological community. In a video released today, Ethan Jackson, senior director of the premonition project, said: “about five years ago, we saw robots, AI and cloud computing reaching a critical point, and we could monitor the biological groups in a new way and on a new scale. What really led to this understanding was the outbreak of Ebola virus in 2014. How did one of the most rare viruses on earth jump from animals to humans to cause the outbreak? Are we missing any signals, can we predict it? ” The report shows that the number of app store purchases soared in the first half of this year due to the impact of covid-19