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SXSW 2018

Robot Meets Freud: Bots in Mental Health

Every night we dream and every day shit happens. We often want to discuss these things with people, but not always psychotherapists. Sometimes regular humans are best; text messaging and bots may be even better. But can we trust a machine to our mental health? This panel discusses the strengths and weaknesses of AI applied to previously human territory, the ethical conundrums and potential efficacy of a machine “knowing” when/how to help us with our mental health.

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  1. How can digital breadcrumbs like what we say and how we say it be used by algorithms to determine who we should talk to and when to intervene?
  2. In which situations do people want to talk to people, text with people, or interact with a bot - and how do we know?
  3. What are the challenges - ethical and other - of scaling technology for mental health?



Kate Niederhoffer, CEO, Circadia Labs

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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