Here’s How Facebook, Instagram and Others Use AI to Spot Suicides

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Sometimes bad things happen, but what if you could prevent them? 

Keep on reading to find out how AI helps to track suicide risks.

Canada

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The Canadian government is partnering with AI firm Advanced Symbolics to try to predict suicide risk with the help of AI technology. Advanced Symbolics is planning to analyze posts from 160,000 social media accounts.

After that, it will define suicidal behavior which according to the contract document includes “ideation (i.e., thoughts), behaviors (i.e., suicide attempts, self-harm, suicide) and communications (i.e., suicidal threats, plans)” and report about them.

Having such data, Canadian government could make sure more mental health resources are in the right places when needed.

The project is scheduled to begin later this month and would initially end in June. The initial program period will cost the government just under $25,000 and if extended fully, would cost up to $400,000.

Facebook

In November 2017, Facebook announced the launch of new AI campaign that aims to recognize suicidal trends among its users as well.

AI suicide prevention tool finds users who post content that could be a sign of suicidal thought. It also allows other users to report content that they think might show signs of suicidal risk.

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Instagram

The same story with Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. It has also released tools last year that allowed users to report live videos that showed signs of suicidal thought, which would prompt an offer of mental health resources to the person posting the content.

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