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New AI Model Detects Mental Disorders Based on Web Posts

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At the 20th International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, Dartmouth researchers unveiled an artificial intelligence model for detecting mental disorders using conversations on Reddit.

The research is “part of an emerging wave of screening tools that use computers to analyze social media posts and gain an insight into people’s mental states” , reports TechXplore. In a nutshell, the “AI model detects mental disorders based on web posts.’

One of the paper’s co-authors says “social media offers an easy way to tap into people’s behaviors.” Another benefit to using it is that the data is not only public, but was voluntarily published.

The new AI model is described as the best in its class because it is able to focus on emotions rather than the specific content of the media texts being analyzed. Technology, surveillance and big tech have always walked a fine line between legal and illegal.

The co-author says there are many reasons why people with mental health disorders may not want to seek help. Reasons such as stigma, high costs, and lack of access to services. But, the co-author adds that it’s possible with some prompting, those individuals will seek some help.

That’s where the issue can go down a slippery slope. The researchers “trained their model to label the emotions expressed in users’ posts and formed “a matrix that would show how likely it was that a user went from any one state to another, such as from anger to a neutral state of no emotion.”

Each emotional disorder has its own patterns of emotional transitions. Therefore, an emotional “fingerprint” for a user is created and compared to emotional disorders.

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  1. Robert Warner

    March 9, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Very welcomed research America’s mental health has been closeted too long everyone wins and it’s as good a place as any to start the access to the internet is unprecedented in the last century keep up the great work

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Florida Gov Signs Law Making It Illegal To Protest Outside An Individual’s Home

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On Monday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that makes it a crime to protest outside an individual’s home.

“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” DeSantis said. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”

The law will go into effect on October 1, and once “this law takes effect, law enforcement officers will provide a warning to any person picketing or protesting outside of a dwelling and will make arrests for residential picketing only if the person does not peaceably disperse after the warning. Residential picketing will be punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor,” DeSantis’ office explained.

“It is unlawful for a person to picket or protest before or about the dwelling of any person with the intent to harass or disturb that person in his or her dwelling,” the text of the bill says. “Before a person may be arrested for a violation of this section, a law enforcement officer… or a local, state, federal, or military law enforcement agency must go as near to the person as may be done with safety and shall command any person picketing or protesting before or about the dwelling of a person to immediately and peaceably disperse. If any such person does not thereupon immediately and peaceably disperse, he or she may be arrested for a violation of this section.”

The new law comes in response to leftist protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices following the leak of a draft of a Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico.

“Roughly 100 protesters appeared outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house, where they carried signs and chanted slogans before walking a half-mile to Chief Justice John Roberts’s home, then back to Kavanaugh’s home, where police ordered them to leave the area,” The Washington Examiner reported last week.

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Pelosi Snaps When Asked About Baby Formula Shortage

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On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) snapped when asked about comments from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who criticized President Biden’s decision to send baby formula to the southern border as the United States suffers from a baby formula shortage.

“Joe Biden continues to put America LAST by shipping pallets of baby formula to the southern border as American families face empty shelves,” Stefanik wrote on Twitter. “This is unacceptable. American mothers and their babies shouldn’t suffer because of the #BidenBorderCrisis.”

Pelosi was asked about Stefanik’s comments during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“As usual, her statement is totally irresponsible,” Pelosi said. “Babies are crying. We need to get them food. And the president has — now what we’re doing this week in the Congress is, again, Bobby Scott, chair of the Education and Labor Committee, that’s the jurisdiction that will lower some of the regulations, et cetera, so that it’s easier to buy it… We must do something as quickly as possible, but as safely as possible, and use caution, for these babies. But we have to move quickly to do that. And part of this is, again, the supply chain issue.”

Stefanik responded to Pelosi on Twitter, writing: “As usual, your LEADERSHIP is totally irresponsible. Babies are crying. We need to get them food.”

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