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Ellie - The robotic therapist

  • 13-05-2015 9:38pm
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    Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 17,644 CMod ✭✭✭✭ The Black Oil


    Caught a story about this over on the Planet Money podcast.

    Searching around, it's not new as it was reported in 2013 and last year. In the story I listened to, one guy work was injured in Afghanistan found her non-judgement in her eyes particularly. The previous link mentions she was originally commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defence.

    Maybe this is key
    The idea here is not for Ellie to actually diagnose people and replace trained therapists. She's just there to offer insight to therapists, Morency says, by providing some objective measurements.


    More at The Economist. Here's a video, hi Ellie. Where would she go for clinical supervision? ;)



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 17,644 CMod ✭✭✭✭ The Black Oil


    Turns out, she can perhaps spot depression too.
    "Contrary to popular belief, depressed people smile as many times as non-depressed people," Rizzo says. "But their smiles are less robust and of less duration. It's almost like polite smiles rather than real, robust, coming from your inner-soul type of a smile."

    http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/20/407978049/how-a-machine-learned-to-spot-depression


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,824 ✭✭✭ Torakx


    I know all about that type of smile. Or for extraverts depressed, the over compensating laugh.
    Maybe some types of depression is due to under stimulation.
    I find I laugh with peoples jokes as a polite acknowledgment. But notice thatother laugh longer.
    It feels like the joke is too simple and not worth laughing. Which makes me wonder if really "boring" people just see allthe punchlines and are just not surprised by apparently random ideas.
    My situation more or less has been whatothers might see a negative. My depression probably lost it's grip when I was in the same situation, but had purpose for my energy.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 17,644 CMod ✭✭✭✭ The Black Oil


    Caught this via the Radiolab podcast - More or Less Human episode. https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/more-or-less-human

    Turns out we had Eliza, back in the day.
    In 1964 Joseph Weizenbaum started the development of Eliza, a computer program that was able to have a normal conversation with a person. Eliza processed natural language as an input and, as an output, it offered answers as it were a natural conversation between two people. By 1967, using Carl Rogers principles of the psychology of empathy, Weizenbaum had managed to develop a computer program that could converse with a human being in a coherent way. One could argue, this was the world’s very first Chatbot.





    One of the earliest papers. http://www.universelle-automation.de/1966_Boston.pdf


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    Is Alexa a chatbot? What are the psychological ramifications of talking to your Alexa?


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    Fathom wrote: »
    Is Alexa a chatbot? What are the psychological ramifications of talking to your Alexa?

    Not sure what she's classified as - AI, IOT?

    There are a few papers out there, some at the security end. But others too.

    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0961000618759414

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5826976/


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