Robots Could Help Us Diagnose Mental Disorders
It’s not all in your head. Last year, a research team developed an AI algorithm to analyze young people’s speech – and it predicted which of them would develop psychoses in later life. Vocal tics can indicate disorders like schizophrenia, but often they’re too subtle for a human diagnosis. Medical firm NeuroLex is using this technology to create schizophrenia screenings and monitor patients with other mental health issues, to help speed up diagnoses and referral processes – but some worry that voice recognition errors and cultural peculiarities could precipitate misleading data and misdiagnoses.