Silicon Valley's Mental Health Test

California has teamed up with Silicon Valley on mental health experiments like Mindstrong, an app that provides a digital “fire alarm” for imminent emotional crises. The program monitors smartphone activity moment-to-moment, recognizes off-pattern behavior and alerts users to tools at their disposal.

These cutting edge mental health gadgets come with big questions. Would such a tool trigger anxiety? And what about data breaches? And there are delicate kinks to be worked out.

“We want that alarm to go off when there’s a fire, and not when there’s only smoke. We’re working that out as we go,” says psychiatrist Thomas R. Insel.

The New York Times

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