This Harvard Scientist Is Developing a Tool That Predicts Suicide Years Before It Happens

Algorithms developed at Harvard by Ben Reis can predict psychosis and detect domestic abuse by analyzing medical files

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Netta Ahituv
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Medical data are fed into the computer for analysis. The computer detects patterns. A certain accumulation of symptoms could indicate an increased risk for a particular disease. In this way artificial intelligence is learning how to assist physicians to diagnose and identify problems, and make forecasts about the future. Nothing surprising so far about that. But what if an analysis of one’s medical data could reveal the inner workings of the mind? Identify early signs of psychosis, or discern that someone might have a tendency to put an end to their life – even before the person had thought of it?

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