China's leading payments app, Alipay, has introduced an unexpected AI-powered feature: a hair loss detector.

Users can upload scalp images for analysis, with the app providing feedback and even medical recommendations based on thousands of medically-relevant images.

Developed by Antgroup, Alibaba’s fintech subsidiary, this feature expands on Alipay's existing "Medical Assistant" suite, showcasing the app's evolution into a multifaceted "superapp" offering lifestyle services alongside financial transactions.

While such comprehensive apps are popular in the East, concerns about data privacy persist, especially given the Chinese government's access to user data.

Despite privacy warnings, Alipay's integration of medical tools into its platform emphasises the trend towards all-in-one digital solutions in the fintech landscape.