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Artificial intelligence and ageing

IET factfile: Artificial intelligence and ageing

Machine learning for human health and longevity.

The number of people in the world aged 65 or over will more than double to reach 1.5 billion by 2050, according to the United Nations. The rapidly changing demographic is set to pose acute economic and social challenges and threatens to place a huge burden on health systems.

Helping people to live independently and maintain their health and wellbeing across a longer lifespan is widely regarded as a key part of the solution to these challenges. The UK, the US and Japan are among countries that have adopted policies aiming to support healthy ageing through investment in technological innovation. With a plethora of novel devices aimed at improving health and longevity already on the market and hundreds more in development, the segment is poised for rapid growth.

Our report looks at how data scientists are taking advantage of the latest AI techniques and advances in genetics to create novel solutions to the health challenges of ageing populations. We discuss how we can establish a baseline for monitoring individuals’ biological age to advance research, how AI can promote longevity by helping us to eat healthier, whether AI can help us tackle the chronic disease of ageing, and more.

Download our report for a series of case studies, next steps and recommendations on embedding AI to promote healthy aging. This includes calls for improved data, measurement and research and the remodelling of environments and health and care systems to meet the needs of older people.