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  • AI can diagnose depression from Instagram feeds
  • AI can diagnose depression from Instagram feeds
    Daria Nepriakhina (2017) ©

AI can diagnose depression from Instagram feeds

People may curate their social feeds to reflect their best selves, but what they post may be far more telling than they think. A study using AI to analyse Instagram posts successfully identified users suffering with depression – hinting at potential developments for the future of diagnosis.



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