Artificial intelligence could be used to identify whether or not someone is feeling suicidal, a study has found.
In a study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, a team of US researchers used an AI programme to examine brain scans of 34 people, half of whom were known to be suicidal, for specific thought patterns relating to suicide.
Each participant was presented with three lists of ten words, reports MIT Technology Review - ten death-related words, ten words relating to positive concepts (e.g.
“carefree”) and ten words related to negative ideas (e.g.
Their brains were then scanned using an MRI.
The scientists used the AI programme to search the scans to see how the participants responded to the lists of words.