Home > Health > What depressed robots can teach us about mental health | Zachary Mainen

What depressed robots can teach us about mental health | Zachary Mainen

The idea of a depressed computer may seem absurd – but artificial intelligence and the human brain share a vital feature

Depression seems a uniquely human way of suffering, but surprising new ways of thinking about it are coming from the field of artificial intelligence. Worldwide, over 350 million people have depression, and rates are climbing. The success of today’s generation of AI owes much to studies of the brain. Might AI return the favour and shed light on mental illness?

The central idea of computational neuroscience is that similar issues face any intelligent agent – human or artificial – …read more