The University of California San Diego has teamed with IBM on a multi-year program to enhance quality of life for senior citizens, supported with artificial intelligence. The program includes a study of the health implications of the human microbiome, which are microoganisms in the body to protect against germs and break down food more easily, among other benefits, as well as microoganisms that can be injurious to human health.

The five-year project will, for the first time, study the impact that a combination of daily habits, the environment, genetics and the microbiome have on the health and cognition of older adults. Subtle changes of aging will be modeled and the initiative includes deployment of personalized interventions via robots that help support wellness. The goal is to help senior citizens live independently longer and with a higher quality of life.

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