Skip to comments.Feds Developed App That Predicts ‘Psychological Status’ of Americans
Posted on 09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT by markomalley
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the psychological status of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.
The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.
The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can deliver an automated intervention if necessary.
The NIH inventors have developed a mobile health technology to monitor and predict a users psychological status and to deliver an automated intervention when needed, according to the notice published Wednesday. The technology uses smartphones to monitor the users location and ask questions about psychological status throughout the day.
Continuously collected ambulatory psychological data are fused with data on location and responses to questions, the NIH said. The mobile data are combined with geospatial risk maps to quantify exposure to risk and predict a future psychological state. The future predictions are used to warn the user when he or she is at especially high risk of experiencing a negative event that might lead to an unwanted outcome (e.g., lapse to drug use in a recovering addict).
The NIH said the technology has potential commercial applications for real-time behavior monitoring and therapeutic delivery of an intervention via a mobile device.
Researchers developed the system from a project that tracked the mood and cravings of drug users in Baltimore. The $8.9 million federal study sought to develop algorithms that could automatically detect behavioral events (such as episodes of drug use or stress) without requiring self-report.
The NIH said the app is currently being used for drug addiction interventions, but that the inventors are also seeking to test the technology for other health applications.
Request for comment from the NIH was not returned by press time.
The brave new world provides yet another tool to categorize and control people.
Try it on obozo first, see what it says ....
Big Brother wants to guide you through your life their way..............
I must have missed the part of the Constitution that made this the federal government’s business.
This can be used to gage the mood of people in different places and at different times, taking the temperature of the public mood. Are they getting mad enough to maybe do something. They know too much about us and we know to little about them. Knowledge is a weapon to these people.
Arrival of thought police (1984 book/movie) Sure, get monitored and when “they” (read as NSA, etc.), don’t like your thinking, plus they know where you are, they pick you up, saying, “Don’t worry, we will ‘fix’ you.” Suddenly, your guns are gone, stored food, if you have it, is gone since you are a ‘hoarder’, etc.., and you’re lucky if you’re still around a day later.
1984 gets closer and closer.
Ping to my post #9.
I didn’t know I had a psychological status. Wait.... my phone is telling me I do.
Landru decrees you are not of the body. You must report for assimilation.
How to be an expert marksman: Shoot first; then wherever it hits, call that the target.
The NIH Czar of Perpetual Happiness will dispatch a drone to administer a emergency dose of Prozac.
“This can be used to gage the mood of people in different places and at different times, taking the temperature of the public mood.”
They’re going to be really mad when they get to me.
Now that they have the technologies to support these efforts, they are rigidizing their power for now and forever.
My exact thought when I read the headline. This is a fast track to justify the taking away of our 2A rights!
Why do you think that is such a strongly-supported goal?
Who in their right mind would answer questions from an app on their psychological status throughout the day? Oh....nevermind
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