Humanity´s unique mission
Humanity is a seed-stage health tech startup dedicated to extending the health span of every person on earth, and is interested in AI for aging. Omdena teams built predictive aging models for Humanity´s app.
Since launching the app worldwide at the end of 2021, Humanity Inc gained more than 100,000 sign-ups with 50,000 actively engaged users! 40 days after signing up monitored health actions of users increased by 15%. This gives 0.49 years per active user so far, validated against published and peer-reviewed scientific aging models.
“And that’s only the beginning! We are glad that at Omdena, we can be part of this healthy life-extending revolution,” says Michael D. Geer, Co-Founder, of Humanity.
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Humanity will steadily grow the user base to millions of users over the coming couple of years. “We need to build a system that takes in the user actions that we are monitoring on one side (activity rates, sleep, meditation, diet, etc.) and uses the ongoing increases or decreases in the user’s Rate of Aging measure (a separate model based on third party longitudinal data that includes actual health outcomes) to decide which actions were most effective and in what combinations and when.”
The system then also needs to be able to match across users with similar attributes to use the insights and weightings set for one user to affect the weightings given to actions and combinations of activities to another user. You can think of this as very similar to the way the Waze traffic app works. It uses the real-world traffic routes and timings of people driving similar routes or parts of routes just a few minutes ahead of you to allow you to know the fastest route to take from your current location and intended destination and approximately how long it will take you. This system will effectively do that but for helping the person navigate towards a healthier longer life.
Current metastudies on the effects seen from introducing certain new actions/interventions to a person’s daily actions prove that they can have a large effect on the person’s rate of aging, but they do not allow the personalization and combinatorial nature of real-life to be modeled. Put simply, adding two positive actions that work for most people (proven by separate research studies) does not necessarily bring a positive result for the particular person and, even worse, may cause a negative effect. Thus Humanity has built a system to capture that data, and Omdena trained the models.
Humanity clarified the methods and exact list of all biomarkers and actions being monitored currently and which ones can be added in the near future.
Deploying innovative age prediction models
Humanity and the Omdena team compressed high throughput markers such as activity and other lifestyle action data from the user using unsupervised techniques and then used supervised techniques to develop weighted algorithms predictive of the biological age outcome. The focus has been lifestyle actions and their effect on the outcomes and stratifying and projecting those effects across the user base matched by an individual’s wider attributes (e.g., diet, weight, socio-economic status).
To learn more about the project outcomes check out this technical case study.