The Top Innovations in Mental Health Care and Technology

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Because of the stigma of mental illness and systemic flaws that limit access to mental health care, people want less frustrating and more affordable paths to improving their mental health. Companies, academic researchers and government organizations are creating innovations in mental health care and technology to reach these consumers.

In spite of these efforts, there are still millions of people who give up on improving their mental health because they are not aware of these innovations. By looking at the innovations below and spreading the word, you can present them with more options and offer another chance to live a happier life. Continue reading The Top Innovations in Mental Health Care and Technology

Could a Robot Be a Decent Therapist?

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We’ve seen advanced artificial intelligence capable of holding a conversation such as Siri, IBM’s Watson and Microsoft’s Cortana. But could any robot — even something designed only for psychotherapy and more advanced than the aforementioned AIs — be a decent therapist?

People have used bots for therapy, but it’s not clear whether they could surpass human therapists in our lifetime. Looking at the past, present and possible future of robots as therapists will give you an idea of how effective they could be. Continue reading Could a Robot Be a Decent Therapist?

How To Tell If You’re Talking to a Bot: The Complete Guide to Chatbots

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Quick Note from Talkspace: Because we provide online messaging therapy, we frequently hear from potential clients who want to be sure they are chatting with a therapist, not a chatbot. All of our therapists are licensed, flesh and blood humans, but we understand the concern. Whether it’s online therapy, social media or online dating, everyone deserves to chat with the humans they believe they are connecting with. We made this guide so people can answer the big question: Bot or not?

When we message with people on the Internet, we deserve to know they are, well, people. In a time where bots drive more than 60% of web traffic, it’s reasonable for consumers to be wary of chatbots masquerading as humans.

This variety of bot talks with you on sites such as Tinder and Facebook. Programmers design chatbots to simulate real conversation long enough to convince you to buy something, click on a link or offer personal information.

The key to detecting and reporting them is understanding how they work in various contexts. Then you can exploit their weaknesses and out them as robots! Continue reading How To Tell If You’re Talking to a Bot: The Complete Guide to Chatbots