A Network View of Human Ingestion and Health: Instrumental Artificial Intelligence

AI AND SMARTER LIVING, B. Johnston, M.A. Williams, eds., AAAI Press, 2011

5 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011

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Robert Edgell

SUNY Polytechnic Institute; University of St. Gallen; Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Roland Vogl

Stanford Law School

Date Written: May 20, 2011

Abstract

Humans are confronted with an increasingly complex array of ingestion substances and dietary choices that influence health and well being. However, even with strong medical evidence that clearly links ingestion strategies and heath consequences, the general public struggles to make health-optimizing ingestion decisions. Based on our literature review, we delineate a typology of barriers to formulating health-optimizing ingestion strategies. We propose that the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) as “decision management” (AI-DM) technology into the ingestion decision-making network would increase the likelihood of more predictable and optimized health outcomes. Also, we delineate the key informational constituencies needed to enable a comprehensive and effective AI-DM system. While no author has yet proposed AI in the particular context discussed in this paper, the theoretical and empirical literature suggests that this might be possible. We conclude by discussing areas for additional research.

Keywords: artificial intelligence, health, well being, dietary choices, ingestion substances, information, networks, ingestion decision management, informational constituencies, policy

JEL Classification: D11, D78, D82, D83, I12, I18, K323, M13, M31, M37

Suggested Citation

Edgell, Robert and Vogl, Roland, A Network View of Human Ingestion and Health: Instrumental Artificial Intelligence (May 20, 2011). AI AND SMARTER LIVING, B. Johnston, M.A. Williams, eds., AAAI Press, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1888732

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Roland Vogl

Stanford Law School ( email )

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