Dystopian sci-fi movies have led us to believe that AI has a grim prognosis. Namely, that this smart-thinking tech is the launchpad for a computer-power overlord that will rule every aspect of our daily lives. However, at least for now, this advanced tech is set to make our lives a whole lot better—especially when it comes to nutrition.
The National Institute for Health is pioneering a brand new study into how AI could hack our daily menus. The org is in the process of gathering data from participants across the US and plans to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop algorithms that can predict how people will react to different diets and eating patterns.
Old Ways vs. New Thinking
Right now, dietary guidelines represent one of the most reliable ways of figuring out what you should be piling on your plate. But these rules don’t work for everyone, and there can be a drastic difference in the way two different people respond to certain foods.
In a sense, AI could cut out the guesswork, helping us pivot away from a one-size-fits-all approach to something tailored based on your body’s unique needs. That’s because AI can do some serious heavy lifting: crunching numbers and making connections in record time.
With any new tech, it’s only normal to be skeptical, but AI is already making waves in the world of health and wellness. For instance, a new artificial intelligence tool called Sybil is already accurately depicting whether someone is in danger of developing lung cancer within the next 365 days. It’s why, even now in its infancy, the tech is seeing mass rollout in the healthcare sector.
Other Ways AI Will Help You Hack Your Health
Your meal plan isn’t the only area of focus for this new era of smart-thinking software. We’re already seeing early signs that artificial intelligence could step in as your next PT. Companies such as Peloton are already implementing AI as part of their fitness offerings, with motion tracking that will keep an eye on your movements, and an armoury of next-level tools to gather data on your activity and provide personalised results.
And AI’s ability to adjust on the fly and adapt to your specific circumstances may just be its biggest strength. Amando Capritto, a leading certified personal trainer on Garage Gyms expert panel, told CNET: “The best benefit of AI in fitness is the ability to adjust training programmes daily to account for external factors.” Think: your sleep, stress levels and alertness. So if you’re slammed, instead of having to tinker with your training plan, you’ll likely have a handy app that will do all the thinking for you, generating a workout plan that works for you in that given moment.
Combined with what the National Institute for Health is trying to achieve with its breakthrough study, it’s likely that the next few years will herald an abundance of AI-driven tools that won’t just simplify our lives, but make our lives significantly easier.