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Artificial Intellience in Mental Healthcare


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The application of AI technologies in mental healthcare has led to the concept of the "super clinician," in which an artificial intelligent agent system can be either a virtual reality simulation or a humanoid robot.

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The mental healthcare field is now looking to use artificial intelligent (AI) agents to provide training, consultation, and treatment services.

The application of AI technologies in mental healthcare has led to the "super clinician" concept, in which an artificial intelligent agent system can be either a virtual reality simulation or a humanoid robot. Such a system would integrate technologies and capabilities such as natural-language processing, computer vision, facial recognition, olfactory sensors, and even thermal imaging to detect temperature changes in patients. Moreover, the system would have access to patient medical records and all available digitized medical knowledge.

The concept is not so far-fetched, considering the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing a system that can detect psychological states, and IBM is working on a version of the Watson supercomputer that has learned the entire medical literature.

Still, there are questions whether humans can make caring and empathetic connections with AI technology and whether they will be suspicious of the motives of the systems.

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