Google’s Im2Calories to count all the calories you eat
In the next few years Google will be driving our cars, forcing us to make calls from its network and will also be counting calories that we consume. To be true, in the entire human history no individual, organization or even king wielded as much influence and control on human lives than Google.
There are reports that the search giant is actually developing a new artificial intelligence project which will identify pictures of food posted on Instagram. These pictures will be used to calculate the number of calories in them.
The latest project that is under development has been codenamed Im2Calories by the Google bosses. The latest tool that may or may not be launched in the market in the next few years was announced at the Rework Deep Learning Summit recently.
A report in the Popular Science says that renowned Google researcher Kevin P Murphy announced the project that uses â€˜sophisticated deep learning algorithms to analyze a still photo of food, and estimate how many calories are on the plate.â€™
Reports suggest that while demonstrating the project, the system looked at an image and counted â€˜two eggs, two pancakes and three strips of bacon.â€™ Even though these food stuffs are not universal units of measurement, the system could gauge the size of each piece of food in relation to the plate, along with any condiments as well.
While talking about the latest Google project Murphy says, â€œTo me itâ€™s obvious that people really want this and this is really useful.â€ He goes on to add that the artificial intelligence may not get the calorie content correct in the first few attempts but it will improve when more people use it and share the results. Murphy did not share details as to when the new tool will be available.
In the course of the presentation Murphy said, â€œWe semi-automate. If it only works 30 percent of the time, itâ€™s enough that people will start using it, weâ€™ll collect data, and itâ€™ll get better over timeâ€. Users can correct the software as well if they go wrong identifying certain foods for example, if it confuses fried eggs for poached eggs.