Saturday, 25 March 2023 04:16

New mobile app can detect alcohol, cannabis impairment in 30 seconds using facial recognition

Rate this item
(0 votes)

The latest in a rapid trend towards AI-powered tools, Predictmedix has announced the production of a mobile app that can detect alcohol and cannabis impairment using speech recognition and “multi-spectral imaging.”

AI-powered facial recognition is coming to the world of breathalyzers. Though the technology is still ill-defined, there are some causes for concern.

If that mishmash of convoluted buzzwords sounds concerning, then you’re not alone.

The new algorithm, which is being designed primarily for law enforcement and healthcare providers, can allegedly identify impaired individuals in under 30 seconds with an over 90% success rate. That’s leaps and bounds better than the leading cannabis breathalyzers and significantly better than the average alcohol breathalyzer.

Predictmedix previously designed an AI-powered detection tool for Covid-19 screening. (Photo: Predictmedix)

The speech recognition aspect of the app is not entirely new — in January, researchers at LA Trobe University invented a similar program called ADLAIA that can determine an individual’s intoxication level based only on a 12-second recording of their voice.

The facial recognition aspect is, however, truly unprecedented. It’s also not very well explained.

In their press release, Predictmedix gave only this explanation of the technology behind their program:

The critical element, multi-spectral imaging, is a form of heat-detecting infrared camera mostly used for military target tracking.

From what we can deduce, the algorithm identifies visible signs of intoxication (behaviors like eye drift) and combines that information with heat-sensitive imaging that can somehow deduce inebriation.

Predictmedix’s product is one of many facial recognition algorithms to hit the market over the past few years. Though many are designed for law enforcement, an increasing number are being applied with the intent of alcohol moderation.

The UK Home Office is currently trialing a program in supermarkets called Yoti, which uses facial recognition to detect customers’ ages when purchasing alcohol.

Though it has a high accuracy rate, the program routinely demonstrates higher margins of error for females over males and for darker skin tones over lighter ones, errors consistent with the biases frequently found within these technologies.

And that doesn’t even account for the litany of privacy concerns currently being voiced about the rise of facial recognition.

All of this is to say, the future of AI-powered technology can feel intimidating. Many of its faults and benefits have yet to be proven even as it’s wheeled out into the field for day-to-day use.

Until Predictmedix’s program makes its way to market, we’ll just have to wait and see what the implications might be.


Tequila Raiders

September 25, 2023

If you have one of these 10 jobs, AI has some of the skills to…

Here are 10 popular jobs with skills most replicable by AI, according to ChatGPT itself.…
September 22, 2023

‘My life will be damaged beyond repair’ if my academic records released to Atiku, Tinubu…

Judge Nancy Maldonado of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois…
September 24, 2023

The ‘most persuasive’ people always do these 9 things when talking to others, say psychology experts

In both your business or personal lives, there will be times when you need to…
September 23, 2023

Man imprisoned 22 years ago escapes on the day of his release

A Russian man who had spent the last 22 years of his life in a…
September 23, 2023

Windows broken, doors removed as gunmen abduct 35 from Zamfara university

Gunmen broke down doors, shattered windows and abducted 24 female students from hostels of a…
September 25, 2023

What to know after Day 578 of Russia-Ukraine war

WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Russia's air attack on Odesa injures one, damages infrastructure - Ukraine official One…
September 20, 2023

Elon Musk says X will charge users 'a small monthly payment' to use its service

X owner Elon Musk has floated the idea that the social network formerly known as…
September 18, 2023

Tobi Amusan bounces back, wins Diamond League trophy again in USA

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has emerged winner of the Diamond League trophy for an astonishing third…

NEWSSCROLL TEAM: 'Sina Kawonise: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief; Yomi Lawal: Director/Editorial Adviser; Prof Wale Are Olaitan: Editorial Consultant; Helen Aidenojie: Advert Manager; Femi Kawonise: Head, Production & Administration; Afolabi Ajibola: IT Manager; Contact us: [email protected] Tel/WhatsApp: +234 811 395 4049
Copyright © 2015 - 2023 NewsScroll. All rights reserved.