New developments in the artificial intelligence sphere are happening everyday. One of the latest is robot therapy.
Mental health: a big issue
Mental health is one of the leading issues in today’s global society. This leaves us with the question: why is there not more being done about it? And why are our health systems taking so long to catch on?
The consequence of this is an increasing gap between the need for treatment, and those who can actually give it. I’ll throw some stats into the mix to emphasize my point:
According to the World Health Organisation, in high-income countries, up to 50% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment for their disorder. In low and middle-income countries, up to 85% of people are in the exact same situation. Pretty rubbish huh.
Robot experts coming to save the day
So what if I told you there was a potential solution?
Drum roll please… An artificial conversational therapist.
What is that, you ask?
Essentially this is a computer application that uses artificial intelligence to communicate with people. Aka, a chatbot. Or a robot therapist, if you will. A variety of experts, including psychologists and artificial intelligence specialists, worked together to create this type of app.
How does robot therapy work?
The robot therapist is based on cognitive behavioural techniques, and acts as a therapist that can be accessed any time of day or night. It guides patients through their thoughts, feelings, and worries and helps them overcome seemingly overwhelming problems in small steps.
This type of therapy helps with problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness. However, AI therapy does not provide a diagnosis, and should not be deemed a replacement for a psychotherapist. Its purpose is to listen to the user with empathy and provide support without judgment, and without the pressure of face to face contact.
This cutting edge technology saves time, money, and you can keep your little virtual therapist in your pocket.
The digital world may be moving faster than the one that we currently live in. But hey, who said that was a bad thing?