Here’s a new game — that could extend your lifespan.
The “let’s guess your age” game is something none of us ladies want to play while having cocktails at the bar — or ever. Nevertheless, Microsoft has built a website, conveniently called How-Old.net, which uses analytics on a photograph to predict the age of a person.
And, now, Insilico Medicine launched aging.AI, an artificial intelligence system that can guess someone’s age and gender by entering the results of his or her blood test.
Why, oh why?
Well, ultimately, Insilico sees this as a tool to target aging and to find ways to treat or cure age-related diseases. By using deep learning and multi-omics integration, Insilico will be able to find actionable markers of aging in humans and develop novel interventions to extend health and longevity. The question is: Do you want to live forever?
For now, the system is focused on gamification of consumer blood testing to create public awareness of the importance of periodic blood tests. Working with Invitro Laboratories, Insilico used about a million samples to train an ensemble of deep neural networks to predict age and gender of a person.
Currently in beta testing, it is a web-based tool used for entertainment purposes by the customers of diagnostic clinics in order to make blood testing more fun. I don’t know about you, but I don’t necessarily need an AI system to tell me my age. I know how old I am. So are we having fun yet?