(CNN) – The next time you go to the bathroom, a few startups hope to take a picture before you leave. For scientific reasons, of course.
No, really. Two companies – Auggi, a startup for gut health, an application for tracking gastrointestinal problems, and Seed Health, which works to apply germs to human health and sell probiotics – attract pop photos from anyone who wants to send them.  Companies began collecting photos online on Monday through a campaign called "Give S-t" (you can imagine what dashes are) to create the first known human pop image data set. These pictures – the companies hope to collect a total of 1
"We want to say that this is at the heart of a data dump that is depleting every day that can really inform science," Seed co-founder and co-chair Ara Katz told CNN Business.
that many people can take advantage of the data, I want to get together.A common condition, irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects only 25 million to 45 million people in the US alone and approximately 10% to 15% of people worldwide, according to data from the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders  Avgie hopes to use the photos that people send to create an application that can use computer vision to automatically classify the different types of waste that people with chronic bowel problems usually need to track manually over time, often with only pen and paper.  Avgi co-founder and CEO David Hachwell said the company hopes to make its application public with this feature in the first quarter of 2020 (the company began testing a version of its then use that does not contain this type of automated tracking POPP a small group of users during the summer.) Avdji and family also said they plan to provide dataset of fecal images available for researchers who want to study them.
Gastrointestinal Diagnosis and Tracking Gastrointestinal conditions often mean that patients must keep a record of their feces properties in what is known as a Bristol feces chart. It is a tool commonly used by doctors and patients to divide stools into seven categories according to its sequence.
The call for images and the purpose of creating AI to classify human waste sounds unique and potentially useful to Jack Gilbert, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and co-founder of American Gut Project, a science project he calls fecal samples from humans.
Gilbert says that people are asked to rate their stools in the Bristol stool table in almost every clinical trial it conducts, and automating this process would reduce bias and differences in data collection. "Human beings are just not very good at recording things," he says.
Avgie wants to automate this process. First, the images collected will be compared to a team of gastroenterologists, said Hatchwell, who will be responsible for classifying their feces according to the Bristol scale. Once tags are affixed, images can be submitted to a computer that will be trained to notice the difference between, say, type 1 (which may mean you're constipated) and type 3 or 4 (which are ideal).
Although Avgi did not attempt to classify human waste before, the company has already created an evidence dataset with 36,000 artificial feces made of Play-Doh blue – color chosen, because, Hatchwell said, We didn't want to scare people in the lab. "These Play-Doh navel shots were used to train AI to recognize Bristol sequence. AI was able to do this properly 100% of the time, probably in part, since Play-Doh could have been formed exactly by its makers. However, it can be more difficult with real human waste.
"Obviously, when it comes to true feces, we need real data to achieve similar levels of accuracy," said Hatchwell.
People can contribute poop photos to a dataset online. If you do not currently have access to the document, you can enter your email address to be sent a reminder in the next few days.
Katz said that information collected during the upload process (including user email addresses that can be used to send reminders and metadata related to images) will be removed before photos are sent to Avgie.
Although Katz and Hachwell expect people to just volunteer a photo from a navel, they will gladly accept pictures of subsequent copies too. And don't worry about any set of dressings (like cleaning the toilet);
"We're looking for a simple photo of your navel," Hachwell said.