Canada uses AI to track suicide risk
In February 2018 the Canadian government announced a three-month pilot partnership with the artificial intelligence company Advanced Symbolics to monitor social media posts with a view to predicting rises in regional suicide risk. Advanced Symbolics will look for trends by analysing posts from 160,000 social media accounts; the results are intended to aid the Canadian government in allocating mental health resources. The company claims to be able to predict suicidal ideation, behaviours, and communications. The Canadian government has the option of extending the pilot, which will cost just under $25,000, for up to five one-year extensions at a total cost of $400,000.
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