Predict Depression Using Your Phone

Posted by Peter Rudin on 14. February 2020 in News

Although the first anti-depressants were developed more than 70 years ago based on brain chemistry, we still don’t really understand the disease. Some people get better; many don’t.

To Silicon Valley, the answer to solving depression is data. After all, most anti-depressant trials only recruit up to thousands of people. With digital health, anyone with a wrist wearable or smartphone could potentially contribute in the largest studies ever attempted by mankind.

Will the data one day be used in a dystopian-like society, where insurance companies track their customers’ mental health status or people receive unwanted ads tailored to mood downswings?

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