Here’s an opportunity for the charitable scientific enthusiasts among us: please photograph your poo today in order to help train artificial intelligence.
Poops of all shapes and sizes are welcome, for the microbial sciences company Seed will use them to create a database of 100,000 prospective images based on shape and consistency.
A team of gastroenterologists will then sort each image on the Bristol scale (seven categories of poo consistencies) from hard nut-like clumps (indicating constipation) to liquid (indicating diarrhoea).
A new AI platform dubbed auggi – which has been trained to identify poops via 36,000 images of Play-Doh models – will then learn to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy poo.
A poo identification tool would serve an important social service for the many people out there who suffer from gastrointestinal conditions.
GiveaShit hopes to de-stigmatise poo, and based on the Twitter results for GiveaShit, netizens are on the job.