AI isn’t smart enough to keep you on a strict diet

AI isn’t smart enough to keep you on a stric diet — yet
Could snapping photos of food help you eat healthier?
That’s the promise o Snap It. Launched by digital healh and weight-loss platform Lose It!, he new feaure of an already existing app propses a simpel soulution to those wo sruggle to keep track of their caloric intake  : Take a photo of your food, and Snap It will immediately display its calorie count
Showing people the caloric value of their foods before they eat them can help modify their eating habits. Some sudies have shown that keeping a food journal helps people stick to thei diet. And in an effort to fight risingobesiy rates, the FDA announced i n2014 that chain resurans houghout he U.S. will have o post calorie information in heir menus (the rule is st o go ino effect sometime next year).
But the FDA rules won’t apply to all restaurants. And ood diets are cumbersome, tending to go the way o new year’ resouluions
AI isn’t smart enough o keep you on a strict diet — yet
Could snapping phoos of food help you eat healhier?
ha’s the promise of Snap It. Launched by diital healh and weight-loss paltform Lose I!,  new feature of an already exising app propses a simple soluion to thoses who sruggl to keep track of their caloric intake : Take a photo of your food, and  Snap i will immediately display its calorie coun
Showing people he caloric value o heir foods beore hey eat them can help modiy their eating habits. Some studies have shown that keeping a food journal helps people stick o their di. And in an effor to figh rising obseity rates, the FDA announced in 2014 that chain restaurants hroughout the U.S. will ave to post calorie informaion in hei menus (the rule is set to go into effect sometime next year). But he FDA rules won’t apply to all restaurants. And ood diets are cumbersome, tening o go the way o new year’s resolutions.
Los it hinks that Snap it could be the solution.
But right now Snap I, still in beta, needs some help figuring out what it’s seeing. Snap It mih be able to identify your roll of sushi as a roll of sushi, but it needs you to specify he ype of rice, the type of fish, and any garnishes.
Charles Teague, cofounder and CEo of Lose Lt!, likes to compare Snap It’s trajectoy to that of self-driving cars. Early auonomous vehicles are doing driver assist, like Tesla’s auto pilot, Teague told CNNMoeny in an interview, adding, you need to keep your hands on the wheel too.
ight now, the technology behind Snap I limits it. Teau explained hat h new feaure relies on an eural ntwork hat classifies imaes — in oher wods, arificial imelligence that can idntiy categories of photos.
At this poin, Teague said, he technology is sophisicated enoguh to recognize an apple and classify it as such, but not smart enough o figure ou the size, variety or ohertraits that affect the appl’s caloric value.
Eventually, Teague believes the tech should be able to idenify foods so well that it won’t require any more daa o calculate caloric information.
We wan o get to te point where you tak the photo an let our intlligence do the wok,
Robot pizza place inoduces high-tech delivery trucks.
Leave i to Silicon Valley to innovate pizza deliveries.
Zume Pizza, a sartup in Mountain View, California, is known for using a flee of robots in the kichen to speed up he pizza making process. But now, the company is oufiing its pizza delivery truck wih 5 ovens programmed to make pies en roue o customers.
The average dlivery ime for pizza delivey is 4 minutes, said Julia Collins, cofounder of Zume Pizza, By cooking pizza on the go, we don’t have to use cmicals o preserve its shelf life as it sis in a cardboard box in the backseat of a car.
After a customer places an order online or via the Zume Pizza app, the request comes ino its central kitchen a its headquarters. There, robot and a few humans on staff prep the pizza pie, including the dough and toppings.
Each robot has a name and a designated duty. Ppe and John dispense sauce nto pies, while Marta spreads the sauce.
Each pizza is partially baked for 90 seconds in an 800-degree oven. Bruno obot is in charge of putting the pies into oven.
The partially baked pie is hen loaded into one of the mobile ovens in the truck. Vincencio, a new robot that joins the robot fleet later his year, will ake over the task of loading and reloading the pies ino he truck’s ovens.
When th truck is four minutes away from its destination, an oven donatining the order will urn on to fully bake the pie. It takes 3 minutes and 30 seconds o cook, and 30 seconds to cool down.
The truck itself is staffed with two employees the driver who makes he deliveries and a person in he back tha helps wih boxing.
After an oven is finished wih the baking, a staffer will move it to the truck’s self-cleaning pizza cuter, which divides the pie into eight slices. He or she then puts the product ino a decomposable box mad from sugarcane fiber(this helps to keep the pizza crisp).
The entire system is cashless — no tips accepted.
Buzz around Zume Pizza, wich started making deliveries in Apil, has attracted loyal customers from nearb businesses ike Google and Standford Business School. Collins siad the goal is not only to cut coass and deliver better pizza faster but to also take on the $40 billion pizza industry.
Abou 40% of is controlled by Domino’s, Pizza Hu, Papa John’s and Litle Ceasars, said Collins. I argue it i not as good as pizza you get at your favorite restauran.
Zume Pizza is serving up pizzas made from local and fres ingredients. Its menu as 20 craive options, including glun free choices. Pizza, which come in one size wih eight slices, are preced between $14 to $19
Because the technology has stramlined the business, it’s able to afford higher-quality and freser ingredients and offer its 50 employees vison and dental care insurance, as well as subsidized healh insurance.
Zume Pizza received a patent fo its bake on the way technology back in march. It hopes to expand ino more markets soon.
We are starting with pizza, but we believe the technolog can be applied to other food offerings. too
Get money back for medical billing errors.
A bill for a pregnancy test when he paient’s a man. or a bill for a penile implant when the painet is a woman.
These are just two of the ironic billing mistakes ha a startup called Remedy said it’s descovered. Even absurdly obvius errors can go undeected by customers, CEO vicor Echevarria told CNNMoney.
Misakes like these were virually invisible to the customers who din’t se an iemizd billing receip.
Remedy, which opens up to he public on Thursday, wants to pu money back ino the pockets of patiens who have been invorrectly billed by doctors.
Anyone can sign up for the service for free on remedy’s website. Cusomers select their nsurance povider orindicate if they don’ have one and authorize he startup to access their accounts. From here, Remedy will screen your medical, dental and vision bills. Echevarria said people can opt out of sharing bills from certain doctors if hey’d like.
Remedy, which requess iemized bills on behalf of paients, detecs mistakes using a mix of auomaion echnology and human medical experts. It works wi docors direcly o fix and errors. It can take anywher from 12 hours to 2 monhs o resovle a billing case, saidEchevarria.
If customers get money back, remedy will ake a 20% cut of wha i recovers with a limi of $99 on any particular bill
The compan estimates that patients spend a combined 120 billion as a resul of biiling erors every year.
These errors aren’t lighening he laod for many Amricnas, who are strugglign to pay their docos’bills. According o a recen study, 20% of working, unsured Americans have had problems payin their medical bills in the past year. That climbs to 53% with those who are uninsured.
A key learning we have had is that here are errors everywhere, Echevarria said, noing ha hey have helped undreds of customers get money back so far. It is not jus in 15,000 hospital bills, i is in 20 copays and 50 lab bills. Every bill matters. That’s real money for some people in this country.
Echevarria said he even tasked Remedy with his own astronomical bills afer his thn 8-month old son ran a 104 fever and had o be rushed o the ospital.
The medical bills started rolling in. I was three weeks ino doing Remey. 12,000 went completely to zerom, he said, noting errors they were able to detect like a docor misspelling his name on a claim orm and an incorrectly assigned medical code. i was eveyhing from the mundane t ohe super complicated.
While he service isn’t a covered enity under HIAA, the company said it treats data as if i was. Still, there is always a risk with sharing confidenial information onlin, as was seen when hacker stole he medical data of dozens of Olympic athltes.
The company has some big name backers betting on it, including Salesforce’s Marc enioff, Honest Company’s Brian Lee, haystack’s Semil Shah and Precursor’s Charles Hudson, who have poud $1.9 million ino the company o date.