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Are you sure you should be eating that? Ask Google.

Are you sure you should be eating that? Ask Google.
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If you're trying to lose a little weight or simply trying to eat healthier, then Google has a project in the works that could make your life a whole lot easier. It can tell you how many calories are sitting on your plate just by looking at a photo of your food using artificial intelligence.

The project, called Im2Calories, sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but it's not. It can look at the types of food on your plate and calculate a rough calorie estimate based on size and other factors. It might not be perfect, but it would give people a better understanding about what they're putting in their bodies.

“To me it's obvious that people really want this and this is really useful,” [Google research scientist Kevin Murphy] said. “Ok fine, maybe we get the calories off by 20 percent. It doesn't matter. We're going to average over a week or a month or a year. And now we can start to potentially join information from multiple people and start to do population level statistics. I have colleagues in epidemiology and public health, and they really want this stuff.”

Next page: Learn how the calorie-counting artificial intelligence works
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