Three artificial intelligence and tech tools trying to boost people's mental health

Popular Science | 10/19/2018 | Staff
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If you're looking for it, there is plenty of bad news in the tech world. From concerns about hacking and identity theft to a 2017 survey out of England that ranked Instagram as "worst for young people's mental health" compared to four other social platforms, it can be enough to make you want to become a Luddite.

But the other side of the issue might be able to put a smile on your face: Tech companies and researchers are turning to AI and other software to try to solve just about any problem you can think of, from identifying fake news, to noticing if someone falls, to looking for ways to speed up the amount of time an MRI scan takes.

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Some companies are building software to help you change your thoughts for the better or even analyze a voice for signs of depression.

For example, Woebot is a cute chatbot app designed to be an on-call emotional helper.

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It's free, and looks like a texting application, like iMessages. The chipper 'bot asks questions like “Got a second to reflect on what you’re grateful for today?” It can also graph your moods over time, or teach the user about “all-or-nothing thinking” statements like “Nobody likes me ever.”

Launched last year, the chatbot is clearly no human therapist; its responses are scripted, and it’s not going to fool anyone into thinking it’s a real person. But it is not...
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