You would think that people who use the word “suicide” in text messages would be more prone to kill themselves, but use of “suicide” isn’t what points to those who struggle. Instead, watch out for “ibuprofen” and “Advil”; people who use them are 14 times more likely to need help than people who use “suicide.”
David Brooks, writing for the New York Times, says that AI can “immediately” improve our lives in the area of mental health. “Machines can detect this stuff better than humans,” Brooks writes.
He offers numerous examples. Such as when researchers using AI studied 43,950 Instagram pictures by 166 people. They could recognize depression 70% of the time. AI can also pinpoint depressed people by examining speech patterns.
Brooks writes: “Medicine is hard because, as AI is teaching us, we’re much more different from one another than we thought…. You can be freaked out by the privacy-invading power of AI to know you, but only AI can gather the data necessary to do this.”