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Could Computers Use This Idea to Help Diagnose Mental Illness?

I recently spotted a headline that made me stop and read the story. It was from IFLScience and the article was “People with Depression Use Language Differently – Here’s How To Spot It.” Those of you who know of my abiding interest in mental illness, science and language (I once studied to be a linguist) can imagine how my virtual ears perked up.

The article also referenced technology and how it was being used to analyze people’s language. But before we get to the article, a little background on computers, language and therapy.

As early as 1950, computer scientist Alan Turing devised a test (now named after him) that challenged computer programmers to create a device that could produce language indistinguishable from actual human

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