Psychology has a new digital friend
We may think of chatbots as new technology, but they’ve been around since the 1960s.
When MIT’s Joseph Weizenbaum created conversational software known as ELIZA in 1966, it resulted in a relatively crude, yet surprisingly effective, imitation of a psychotherapist.
While it did little more than rewording patient’s phrases, it hinted at what was possible and took the next step on the path to Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Jump forward to this century, and AI is being used to assess patients.
Not only can it confirm their identity, but it uses smell to recognize intoxication, vocal analysis to detect subtle changes in speech, and optical sensing to analyze facial expression.
Psychotherapy has a new ally, and it’s digital.
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