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22 June 2015 :: 09:06:10 am 103684

Google wants to count the calories in your Instagram food porn

Artificial intelligence technology Im2Calories aims to identify pictures of food posted to Instagram, and tell users the calorie count of their meals
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If it’s not on Instagram, you haven’t eaten it. Roast dinners, soufflés and salads, no food escapes an Amaro filter these days.

Now Google is responding to the appetite for “food porn” by developing an artificial intelligence project to calculate the calories in your latest Instagram post.

Announced at the Rework Deep Learning Summit, the prospective tool called Im2Calories, aims to identify food snapped and work out the calorie content.

According to Popular Science, the company has recently filed a patent for the technology.

 

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The Google researcher Kevin P Murphy said the AI technology will analyse the depth of pixels in an image and employ “sophisticated deep-learning algorithms” to judge the size and shape of a foodstuff.

 

“Now we can start to potentially join information from multiple people and start to do population-level statistics. I have colleagues in epidemiology and public health, and they really want this stuff,” said Murphy.

In comments to Cnet, the Google spokesman Jason Freidenfelds said algorithms for Im2Calories were still being researched, and that there were no definite product plans currently.

Calorie counting and food hygiene apps are popular with both iOS and Android users, and food has become the surprise hit of social networking, with Instagram accounts dedicated to food photography racking up thousands of followers.

Credit :  www.theguardian.com

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