AI gauges malnourishment level from a single photo

May 21, 2018, 8:07 AM EDT
(Source: CIDSE - together for global justice/flickr)
(Source: CIDSE - together for global justice/flickr)

The scourge of malnourishment kills five children every minute. This pitiful number can be attributed to our failure to accurately identify malnutrition levels in kids. Heavy equipment and trained specialists remain elusive for a majority of remote, rural areas ensnared by the menace.

A Kenya-based non-profit, Kimetrica, is developing an artificial intelligence system that would require only a quick look of a photo to measure the level of malnutrition in the child, a capability that expedites the whole process to life-saving extents, notes New Scientist.

The system, called MERON (Method for Extremely Rapid Observation of Nutritional status), is an indication that the United Nations is trying to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to leveraging AI to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, reports Deutsche Welle.