Best AI Applications of the Week—January 18, 2018
Am I Really that Old? Maybe Not.
Your birthday comes around reliably every year, same day. It tells you how “old” you are, but it doesn’t tell you how biologically old you are. There’s a difference in geroscience. Your birthday may numerically bump you up every year, but if you’re, say, really fit, your biological age may be lower than your traditional age. Essentially, your body isn’t deteriorating as quickly as other peoples’ born the same year as you.
There are several different biomarkers that may indicate your biological age, and scientists are using them to develop biological aging clocks that predict this age. Deep learning helped create an aging clock that more accurately predicts this age across multiple populations—which means it created a clock that can be used around the globe, not just locally like other aging clocks.
Can a Toothpaste Ingredient Double-Punch Malaria?
Scientists used an “AI researcher” to discover how one toothpaste ingredient may be able to take down increasingly drug-resistant malaria. This AI helped them figure out which malarial enzyme this toothpaste ingredient inhibits. This is powerful knowledge because researchers can now develop a drug that could hit malaria during two developmental stages: liver and bloodstream.
A Nyala Antelope–Zoo Win-Win
If you’ve ever been involved in a thermostat war, you know how hard it is to keep the temperature of your dwelling comfortable for you. The Nyala antelope feel your pain. They like a hot dwelling, and this British zoo that houses them wants them to be in the hotter temperatures they like—but it also wants to pay a lower energy bill while heating the enclosure. So they’re letting an algorithm decide when to turn on the heat lamps, instead of leaving them on all the time. It uses image processing to identify when the Nyala antelope are inside their enclosure, and then it turns up the heat. It’s right 95 percent of the time, and they hope to up the accuracy.
Unique of the Week: The Toothbrush Tutor
There’s an AI that tells you how to brush better. After it figures out your brushing patterns, it sends info. to your pared device that instructs you in better oral care.
Note: We are not recommending or promoting this product. We include the video above just to give you an idea of how this tech works.