AI trawls social media to help prevent suicide

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The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with artificial intelligence (AI) experts Advanced Symbolics Inc. to test the efficacy of suicide prevention through social media monitoring. The Ontario, Canada-based company provides custom AI services to businesses and agencies, and in this project, will be examining the expressed thoughts and behaviors of social media users in a suicide-prevention context. Running from January to June 2018, the trial will attempt to identify patterns of communication and action that will help the Agency better allocate available funding and mental healthcare services. The reporting will also include evaluation of protective and preventive mechanisms…

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