AI SAYS YOU ARE DEPRESSED
PEOPLE SUFFERING from depression do not always admit to it – neither to doctors nor family and friends and at times, not even to themselves. It is often typical of the medical condition. Sometimes, depression is difficult to detect, especially in children and teenagers. So, researchers at MIT Media Lab thought a bit of help from artificial intelligence could be useful in such cases. Accordingly, a research team is trying to teach an algorithm to pick up cues from the speech of a group of people, some of whom are suffering from depression. Differences in tone and inflexion and what is being said are detected by the algorithm, which (post-training) has managed to provide a depression diagnosis with 77 per cent accuracy. That is not above-average, and the AI system must work on it to reach the point where its contributions will be really useful. Meanwhile, there will be dangers of false positives and misses because depression and human behaviour are incredibly complex, unique and involve a multitude of variables.