Ever wanted to find out how long your going to live? If you could extend your life, based on these results, how would you react? Well the answer to all these questions are about to be answered with the help of an iPhone app called Gero! Researchers are able to estimate your expected life span through physiological traits such as your genes, or circulating blood factor. Yet this isn’t a viable option for normal folk like you and I. However, we may just have the solution. You have the device in your pocket right now! Well if you’re an iPhone user that is.
Russian scientists have created an AI-based algorithm that takes all the information from activity tracking. From things such as your smartwatch or your smartphone to estimate your lifespan with allegedly greater precision than other models of the same ilk. It’s via an app called Gero.
Gero Lifespan: How it works
They use a convolutional neural network to find the biologically relevant motion patterns, gathered from a large set of US health survey data. They then use this data to correlate both lifespans and overall health. The app is very intelligent as it doesn’t just take in to consideration step counts. It takes in to consideration how often you switch between active periods. This is alongside many other mitigating factors. Such as sleeping habits and gym visits. These are taken into consideration too. After all this is analysed the app list applies this to a whole weeks worth of data from a users phone. Gero Lifespan users data from apps such as Apple Health and Fitbit to predict how long you got to live.
While this sounds quite cool the app doesn’t provide a full picture of your health. It doesn’t take into consideration your diet, genetics or any other crucial factors. Therefore the age you get given should be taken with a grain of salt. While it may seem as just an ‘app’ Doctors would ideally use both apps and clinical analysis to give a prediction. Yet we may be a while off before we can rely on mobile apps, as apps life Gero Lifespan, aren’t ready for medical use.