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Artificial Intelligence Estimates Obesity by Analyzing Buildings and Green Space

16:00 - 4 September, 2018
Artificial Intelligence Estimates Obesity by Analyzing Buildings and Green Space, Yoga in New York. Image via Creative Commons
Yoga in New York. Image via Creative Commons

Urban well-being and health tracking has taken another step forward, as researchers from the University of Washington have created an artificial intelligence algorithm that estimates obesity levels by analyzing a city's infrastructure. Published in JAMA Network Open, the researchers' report explains how the algorithm uncovers urban relationships by using satellite and Street View images from Google. As Quartz reports, the project correlated areas with more green spaces and areas between buildings with lower obesity rates.