‘We’re not violating anybody’s privacy’
Advanced Symbolics said its artificial intelligence looks for trends, not individual cases.
“It’d be a bit freaky if we built something that monitors what everyone is saying and then the government contacts you and said, ‘Hi, our computer AI has said we think you’re likely to kill yourself’,” said Kenton White, chief scientist with Advanced Symbolics.
Instead, the AI will flag communities or regions where multiple suicides could be likely. For example, Cape Breton Island was left reeling last year after three teenagers in the region died by suicide.