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Google Is Developing AI To Determine Your Calorie Intake Via Photos Alone

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The project ‘uses sophisticated deep learning algorithms to analyze a still photo of food, and estimate how many calories are on the plate.

Taking a photo of your food before you indulge in it is definitely a trademark pet peeve of this Internet crazed generation. It’s hard to go to Instagram and not suddenly wet your appetite for a decadent Tiramisu for example. Seeing gorgeous food plated before you is the ultimate ‘pick me up’ (narrowly edging cute cat videos though correct me if I’m wrong). All guilt-free.

Apparently Google is working on an AI of sorts that can determine the calorie intake of every single piece of food item captured by a photograph according to a report by Popular Science. This all sounds too good to be possible. That’s some futuristic tech right there. 

The project was unveiled last week at the Rework Deep Learning Summit in Boston and will be called I’m2Calories’.

Google research scientist Kevin Murphy reveals that the project ‘uses sophisticated deep learning algorithms to analyze a still photo of food, and estimate how many calories are on the plate.’

The AI is not yet fully functional, as first few tries don’t come out with the proper calorie count. But as more people use it the AI’s algorithm will adapt and eventually become fully accurate.  

In the long run this technology can help out food nutrition, food tracking apps, and the like. The algorithm could also eventually be used to watch out for traffic patterns.

Google is certainly trying to shape the future and it is well on its way. Lets just hope Google doesn’t actually make Skynet. 

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