So, to spare mankind the ghastly conditions of having to dip into their nasty stools in the name of transporting them to doctors to have them examined, head of Micron Technology, Sanjay Mehrotra is looking at inventing smart toilets that would offer health advice by analyzing urine and faeces.
Relying on Artificial Intelligence (AI)- a technology which already possesses the ability to detect diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, Mr. Mehrotra, who is the CEO of the microchip company believes the same tech can one day be used to analyse people’s waste in real time.
This he says would save the need for trips to the doctor and detect illnesses earlier than people do.
At the Techonomy Conference in San Francisco this week, Mr. Mehrotra stated that:
‘Medicine is going toward precision medicine and precision health. Imagine smart toilets in the future that will be analyzing human waste in real time every day. You don’t need to be going to visit a physician every six months.
‘If any sign of disease starts showing up, you’ll be able to catch it much faster because of urine analysis and stool analysis.’
With these smart toilets holding the potential of making people evade the need for the grim and possibly embarrassing procedure of collecting samples themselves.
Subsequently, AI technology-fitted-toilets would scrutinize the urine and faeces before they’re flushed, then reports could then be uploaded online to be sent to a doctor.
Sounds bizarre but Mr. Mehrotra’s idea may not be so implausible because in July, scientists at Cambridge University revealed they had come up with ways to make toilets test people’s urine for blood sugar and alcohol levels, and also detect if they were pregnant or had smoking habits.
Who would have ever imagined our loos becoming smart? Way to go Sanjay!!