if one day it would be possible to create an artificial intelligence form, machine, robot, which could recognise facial expressions, a person’s mood, estimate what’s going on with this person (depression hit, anxiety attack) and was able to help that person overcome difficulties by regulation of chemicals substances in blood or by just actions?Judyta Dąbek, facebook post
I do think that the development of technology will indeed allow the development of various artificial intelligence constructs that could analyze the current physical condition of the person and propose (or undertake) various corrective actions on this basis. In the case of a light depressive states, maybe a computer assistant will recommend some physical or mental activities tailored specifically to the personality of the suffering person. In case of a real depression and more difficult cases, artificial intelligence could direct such person to various medical examinations and/or analyze all medical knowledge about this person and suggest the most appropriate forms of therapy. In the case of biological-chemical treatments (e.g. gene therapies), it could not only monitor the body but also prepare and inject chemicals at the most appropriate doses and the most appropriate time. In the most extreme conditions of some incurable depression, but which could be efficiently treated symptomatically, it would be necessary to connect some electronic and/or mechanical parts to the physical body – and thus making some kind of cyborg.
Is this a good direction? Many people may be initially terrified by the potential addiction to artificial intelligence care. On the other hand, in cases of serious threats, such dependence would be a lesser evil.
However, I do not think that artificial intelligence will eliminate psychiatrists or psychotherapists. I think it will be the opposite, it will support these forms of treatment. Artificial intelligence will help identify people for whom psychotherapy will be effective and people for whom it will not be effective will receive other recommendations. The problem of mismatching the patient to treatment will then be reduced. Today one sometimes hears that somebody went to psychotherapy but he needed a psychiatrist, or he went to a psychiatrist but he needed a vacation or a job change.