Will Machines Take Over Mental Health Care?

Philosopher, Life Coach & friend,” reads Woebot’s Twitter profile. “Studying humanity at the school of life.” And if you failed to glance at the little yellow robot’s avatar, you just might mistake it for a person. But Woebot is a bot.

More specifically, it is a conversational phone app designed to coach users through episodes of anxiety or depression. Woebot provides a personalized virtual coaching based in cognitive behavioral therapy, for $39 a month and available any time, day or night. It’s one of many such tools that have emerged over the past few years that throw the promise of technology at the growing mental health crisis we face. READ MORE ON: SCIENCE LINE

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CultureYusra Hamid