ARP 354 Basic Info on A.I. and Mental Health Apps

There is a lot of turbulence in the mental health space. All kinds of mischief is going on and a portion of Americans who are trying to go back to 1862.

It is crazy but I don't think that is a strong enough word for it.  In this episode, I have a very simplistic definition of what is an AI Language Model and what is a scripted AI chatbot and a wee bit on what is or could be a generative A.I. chatbot or treatment option.

We need to understand what is happening in the entrepreneurial mental health market place.

There is a collision of problems;
  • Not enough mental health providers.
  • Financial access to mental health care.
  • Geographical and transportation access to mental health care.
  • and a whole bunch more....
There are serious, thoughtful ethically motivated research into using new technologies to provide access to anxiety and other types of mental health treatment. 

And then there is the bum rush of companies and private investors wanting to slap something up against a wall and hopes it sticks around long enough to make a profit.

Ooh, almost forgot - opportunistic low life vermin as well.

Case in point.

I recently got an email that told me that mental health is the next hot niche. And that for x amount of money, I could have oodles of videos explaining about, mental health and wellness topics.

My best and unsupported guess is that somebody somewhere has created a bunch of A.I. videos with A.I. voices that scraped content from multiple places and then have an AI video generator to create into various social media video formats.

This type of income enhancement is nothing new. And the offer of private label content is a old as the printing press. Rich guy want to show he is impressive. Hires ghost writer to enhance his reputation. 

We are being flooded with crappy content for profit.

My fellow travelers on the road, it is rough but our power and defense is being informed. 

Let's get to it.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

Rose Cartwright's question everything she had been told about mental illness. This article appears in The Guardian. 

Common Craft video on Large Language Models on YouTube - This video does not have narration. It is a readable video. 

IBM definition of What is a Chatbot?

MedPage Today article on The Dark Side of AI in Mental Health High demand for AI training data may increase unethical practices in collecting patient data, by Michael DePeau-Wilson.


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