Facebook AI to Help Preventing Suicide

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The Artificial Intelligence Tools developed by Facebook will help preventing suicide, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated in a post on Monday. Facebook is working on Artificial Intelligence for sometime.

Facebook is upgrading its AI tool, the pattern recognition software to detect when someone is expressing thoughts about suicide on Facebook. If the tool detects any potential suicide, Facebook will help get them the support they need quickly.

Facebook had started testing these tools in United States in March. They started scanning text from posts or comments to find out the phrases which could be the signal of depression leading to the suicide.

If Facebook tool detects any such suicidal intent, it will alert team at Facebook, which will try to reach out the person at risk or their friends family members or the first responders.

According to Facebook, these AI tools have helped them connecting with first responders quickly more than 100 times In the last month alone.

After the successful tests in United States, Facebook is going to expand these tools in other countries. However company will not launch these tools in European Union.

With all the fear about how AI may be harmful in the future, it’s good to remind ourselves how AI is actually helping save people’s lives today, Mark said.

How will it work?

These AI tools mostly use pattern recognition to detect signals. These signals may be comments asking if someone is okay? If the tools detect such signals then these will quickly report  to teams working 24/7 around the world to get people help within minutes.

In the future, AI will be able to understand more of these patterns of language in more detail, and will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well, including quickly spotting more kinds of bullying, hate or harrasment.

The cases of suicides especially among youths are on a increase and this is a new approach of preventing suicides. Facebook is working with different organisations like Save.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Forefront Suicide Prevent and  first responders to keep improving the technique.

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