Researchers from Harvard Medical School have recently published a paper where they explain their research on teaching artificial intelligence human psychology, specifically happiness. The main author, Nancy Etcoff mentioned that this research has been done towards combating the huge social crisis that the world is currently facing, depression. Depression has hit an all-time high, with the US being on top of the leader board.
By using data from the Midlife in the US study, the researchers created two digital models of human psychology. The first model is a set of deep neural networks that use information from a psychological survey to predict the chronological age of respondents and their psychological well-being over 10 years. This model demonstrates the aging trajectories of the human mind.
This has shown that the older we get, the less importance we give to our own self-development. It is easier for young adults to develop socially rather than adults between 40 to 50 years old as they get used to a certain type of lifestyle and are also pressured by other responsibilities.
The second model is a self-organizing map developed as the basis of a recommendation engine for mental health applications. This learning technique divides all respondents based on the risk of developing depression and identifies the shortest path to mental stability for any individual.
Deep Longevity is a company that has been working to help with the research as they specialised in artificial intelligence. Based on the outcomes of the study, they were able to create a free web service named FuturSelf that allows users to do a psychological test on themselves. At the end of the test, the software using artificial intelligence will give you a report with information that will help improve your mental well-being.
A leading biogerontology expert, professor Vadim Gladyshev from Harvard Medical School, comments on the potential of FuturSelf:
“This study offers an interesting perspective on psychological age, future well-being, and risk of depression, and demonstrates a novel application of machine learning approaches to the issues of psychological health. It also broadens how we view aging and transitions through life stages and emotional states.”
The artificial intelligence used by the software will gather data to analyze patterns between the ages of those in depression in order to give out better suggestions for improving the mental well-being of all. This is a new type of artificial intelligence that has been created with the goal to sustain human life, focusing on mental well-being and evolving as more use its services.
The Chief Executive Officer of Endurance Longevity Jamie Gibson mentioned in an interview:
"As one of the forerunners in the longevity AI market, we are thrilled to achieve this remarkable milestone together with the world's top-notch scientists. We are confident about the future of integrating deep learning AI technologies in human psychology and the development of digital solution to improve people's mental health and overall well-being."
This takes a big issue which was the cost for psychiatrists and also the social barriers that are stopping people suffering from depression to get help. Not only is the service free, but it can be accessed from anywhere.