Send a photo of your poop

Research Jun 29, 2020

Duke University wants a photo of your poop. Yes, really: their Smart Toilet Lab is developing an algorithm to recognise faeces, and needs a lot of data... which means your pictures. You somehow have to be living in the US to participate (why?), and your anonymity seems guaranteed - phew.

Exactly how it will be useful is unclear: the AI algorithm will help "novel wastewater analyses for the management of gastrointestinal conditions and early warning of disease". It looks like this algorithm will be well trained on... faeces of people who don't mind sending such pictures. Bias ahead?

Just remember to clean your hands AND your phone gallery afterwards...