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How an Algorithm Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals by Studying Their Instagram Photos

"Your mental health is reflected in the images you choose to post on social media, say researchers who have trained a machine to spot depression on Instagram."


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I'm guessing that looking at Facebook photos would work for this algorithm, too.

Yes, I would think. This application of AI is fascinating -- a merging of technology, psychology and neuroscience. It's similar to what Crystal does by analyzing your public profiles (e.g. LinkedIn) and predicting your personality in order to advise on how to best communicate with you.

Agreed, Rich. This is a way that chatbots and assistants can help their human friends. :)

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