Very soon, algorithms used to filter spam email messages may have a new life, not only for use with analyzing the Hydra, but also for use in creating human personality profiles. Apparently researchers studying the Hydra have devised an algorithm that can create a behavioral profile from hours of videotape of the Hydra's patterns and interactions.
On a related note, a common issue being raised in regard to the plans for the Internet of People (IoP) in which presumably everyone is to be connected to the Internet via a small microchip implant, perhaps the size of a grain of rice or smaller, is the sheer volume of physiological data that will be generated by each person on a daily basis, the human incapacity to make adequate use of such data, and the storage constraints. The concern is that recording someone's every move, word or thought, and every physiological occurrence would produce such a burdensome volume of information that it would be unusable except in very limited ways.
The new research related to algorithms suggests that perhaps in as little as one year or less, an algorithm could be created that almost instantaneously would create a behavioral profile for any person by examining one week, one month, or one year's worth or more of the person's physiological and other data. Employers may no longer need to rely on references and job interviews. They merely would request a "bias-proof" personality profile from whomever controls the information. Presumably, this person or entity who controls the information also would be able to determine who in the world would be the perfect match for any job opening.