posted on Jun, 24 2010 @ 09:57 AM
Israeli researchers have developed software that claims to identify depressed bloggers by analyzing their writing.
The software's initial test run, which was part of a research study headed by Professor Yair Neuman of Ben-Gurion University's department of
education, combed more than 1,000 blog posts written by American bloggers that were online in 2004.
Neuman said the software could enable mental health workers to identify individuals in need of treatment and to recommend that they seek help.
"What does all of this mean from a practical standpoint?" he asked."First of all, it shows that the technology is here and available and that it
could be put to use."
In the United States there is a wideranging problem with depression," said Neuman.
"Through this software it will be possible to contact a blogger and request a general examination of the contents of his blog. If the blogger agrees,
he will know whether he needs to seek professional counseling for any possible distress."
The research and development for the software was funded by the Defense Ministry
, yet Ben-Gurion University officials said yesterday the
project would not be used for military purposes.
Here is link to the site:
Okay so why would the Defense Ministry fund this project if they had no interest in making use of it for military purposes? I find that very hard to
believe. If they can find 'depressed' people then im sure that they can find 'people who are displeased with their governments'
Also, can we now expect the men in white coats to start hauling people away from their computers because this software has told them that these people
need medical help?
[edit on 24-6-2010 by Lady_Tuatha]