Google has great plans for the food you eat or at least for the food items by which you seem tempted on the social media because you haven’t eaten in hours.
The company disclosed during a recent artificial intelligence-themed meeting that food pictures uploaded on Instagram for instance could be automatically dissected into their base ingredients and have their calories exposed.
Google promised that in not-such-a-distant future artificial intelligence could help people with their daily calorie counting just by looking at a snapshot.
You will be able to take a picture of the juicy stake or warp you are about to eat and get an approximate view on the percentage of calories you are on the point to down.
The new plan was unveiled during this year’s Rework Deep Learning Summit in Boston. The attendees discussed and unveiled new advances in artificial intelligence research such as deep learning projects or facial and voice recognition advances.
Google’s photo-based calorie-counting app, dubbed Im2Calories, was disclosed by Kevin Murphy who hailed it as a successful attempt to combine deep learning and image recognition algorithms into an innovative product.
Deep learning is the latest trend in AI research because it reportedly allows robots learn new things by their own just like humans do.
Currently, Im2Calories can roughly identify food ingredients in a picture and give them an approximate size. Its internal algorithms can later make the app tell you how many calories one food item contains.
Im2Calories doesn’t require only sharp images to provide an approximate view on calories. It can also analyze the snapshots posted on Instagram. The software can also estimate the calories in lesser visible ingredients such as condiments.
Google engineers explained that Im2Calories users can even keep a “food diary” where they can keep track of the calories they eat. When they serve meal at a restaurant they can also grab a picture of the plate, upload it into their food diary and quickly have detailed information on calorie intake.
The new app would estimate the serving and ingredients’ size, while the users can adjust the figures if they feel they are inaccurate. Google said that algorithms were experimental, and they could gradually get better just like Google maps or Google translate did over the years with help from user feedback.
The company had already filed for a patent of the new service, but it failed to disclose an official release date of the intriguing technology.
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