- Nicholas Christakis
- Physician, social scientist, Harvard
- Speaking at TED@Cannes
- June 2010
- Cannes, France
How social networks predict epidemics: After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).