Brews and Views

Event Date/Time: 
January 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event Location: 
IQ Atrium (775 Woodlot Dr)
Speaker: 
Arthur Ward, Mi Zhang
Should my phone diagnose my mental health?

Our phones know a great deal about us. They collect an impressive amount of personal data, including voice and text correspondences, internet and social media, spending habits, stairs climbed, and geographic location. They already can make assessments about our health, but what additional information can they glean about our mental health? Soon, phones could predict if we’re unhappy, depressed, or even suicidal, and might urge us to seek mental health services. Should your phone then reveal that diagnosis to your doctor, family, boss, or advisor so they might take further action? While such capabilities could effectively address mental health needs, they simultaneously raise ethical questions about privacy, algorithm transparency, and the potential for corporate manipulation of our emotions. Join us in discussing these benefit/burden thresholds.