AI Aiding Diets
Artificial Intelligence is becoming something we can almost no longer avoid or live without. As humans, something else we cannot live without is food, because it fuels our bodies. Today, there is a concern with the negative effects “bad” food can have on us, most importantly, obesity. More than one in three adults today are what is consider obese, according to their BMI. With this being an ongoing epidemic in the United States, several startup companies hope to help diets by using AI. Edamam is a startup focused on helping you get easier and quicker nutritional information on the ingredients in a recipe. Their database of over 50,000 products allows them to use AI to do all the necessary nutritional information in the background. By creating an easy to use software where users can easily track nutritional information, more people will be more conscious of their eating habits. Passio follows a similar goal but uses AI to help users track food based on image recognition. Thanks to recent advancement in AI and image recognition, the error rate is around 3%, where as a human brain error rate is 5%. The last company to take on AI in the food industry is Habit. They use not only AI but also genetics, from a sample kit sent out, to help users find personalize diets to their needs. Habit goes one step further to offer prepared meals based on the genetic data found from the sample kit. With so many unique opportunities for AI to be implemented in the food industry, do you think AI can combat obesity?