A research conducted in China analyzed an algorithm developed to detect heart diseases through selfies. By taking a picture of your face, the algorithm can determine if you’re at risk of a heart disease by analyzing several indicators visible to the naked eye such as the absence of hair on certain parts of the body, yellow moles around the eyelids and white opaque rings around the cornea.
Through various studies conducted in China, the algorithm was able to correctly detect the likelihood of a heart disease occurring in 80% of the cases. This could very well be the future of modern medicine as it is a cheap and simple way in identifying high-risk communities who are most likely to have cardiovascular illness. In addition, this effective tool will help avoid the long-drawn-out wait time at the clinic.
However, it is impossible to ignore the ethical concern and the lack of privacy related to this innovative tool. The selfies that are taken and analyzed could very well end up in the hands of unrelated institutions. In that case, it is up to the person taking to selfie to decide if this new technology trend is worth the risk.
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