The morbid coronavirus has introduced the world to a new set of challenges. Every day there are hundreds of thousands of new positive cases across the globe. While the physical impact of COVID-19 can be assessed and treated, the mental impact is often ignored. A large number of people are experiencing emotional breakdowns, feel nervous, tense, stressed, and lonely, and having panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. All these, occupied with fear of losing livelihood, freedom to go out, worry about the health of oneself and loved ones, stigma towards either people who have tested COVID-19 positive, or are suffering from harmless common cold or flu and overwhelming urge to hoard essentials are adding up the mental struggle woes. Things are further pathetic for people with a history of poor mental health conditions. According to Statista, on May 31, approx. twenty-eight percent of respondents in the United States stated that their mental health is among their main concerns about the COVID-19. As a mental illness crisis that has worsened during the past six months, experts are turning towards AI solutions that can offer hope to these people to improve their mental state, or at least to keep it balanced. One of the most sought applications is Chatbot.
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Wysa, an Indian-based AI-enabled mental health application, has announced that the startup has secured an undisclosed amount of investment from the Google Assistant Fund.
Launched in 2018, the Google Assistant Investments program was designed to assist early-stage startups in advancing their digital assistant ecosystem and innovating new ideas. Wysa has also recently topped the list of best apps in India for 2020.
Wysa was also among the first startups to be included in the Google For Startups launchpad program in India in 2018.
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Mental health is the proverbial elephant in the room that no one wants to address. India is on the verge of a mental health epidemic, yet one would hardly find a public discourse on ways to prevent it or treat it. There are hardly any steps being taken at the scale required to manage this the increasing number of people with mental health issues. Corona is to blame for this massive spike in the number of cases. The isolation because of lockdown, fear and uncertainty due to job cuts and general discomfort due to the inability to control several aspects of life has triggered severe mental trauma in people across the country. The issue is even more complicated by the fact that no one has any idea when things will ever return to normal, if at all.
There is a huge gap in the treatment that should be available and of the help available at hand, easily and cost-effectively. Even in developed countries, the ratio of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and mental health nurses to patients is 1: 10,000. The lacuna in the system ensures that most people suffering from mental health issues are never able to get the help they need.
Many digital interfaces are emerging as viable complementary services to fulfil some Artificial intelligence-based solutions are developed by working closely with healthcare professionals to provide a person with assistance, and often, some sort of companionship. This can also bring down the cost of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. Most people have faced stigma prevalent in our society when it comes to its psychiatric disorders, which often hampers with effective treatment.
Chatbots are Natural Language Processing(NLP) based frameworks that interact with human users using spoken, written, and visual languages. Built specifically to communicate with people struggling with mental problems, Chatbots have the potential to be useful tools. According to experts, “suicide prediction and prevention, identification of predictors for a response, and identifying which particular drug is best suited for a particular patient are some of the areas where AI has been found to be useful in psychiatry.”
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It’s said that Artificial Intelligence will be just as smart as humans by 2050. Experts like Ray Kurzweil have even predicted that we’ll achieve a technological singularity by 2045.
From that point on, it’s believed that AI will start inventing Nobel Prize-winning inventions every 5 minutes. Granted it’s gonna be out of our control, but hey, at least we’ll see a revolutionary breakthrough.
We may think that these claims are outlandish and ridiculous, but if someone were to tell me in the 70s that there will be self-driving cars in the future, I would’ve wanted to smoke whatever they were smoking.
But guess what, here we are in 2020, and Tesla already has their self-driving cars on the roads right now. And these were all recently developed technologies. Did you know that the first chatbot was actually launched in 1966?
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Bhavesh Bhatt, Data Scientist from Fractal Analytics posted that he has created a Python script that checks the available slots for Covid-19 vaccination centres from CoWIN API in India. He has also shared the GitHub link to the script.
The YouTube content creator posted, “Tracking available slots for Covid-19 Vaccination Centers in India on the CoWIN website can be a bit strenuous.” “I have created a Python script which checks the available slots for Covid-19 vaccination centres from CoWIN API in India. I also plan to add features in this script of booking a slot using the API directly,” he added.
We asked Bhatt how did the idea come to fruition, he said, “Registration for Covid vaccines for those above 18 started on 28th of April. When I was going through the CoWIN website – https://www.cowin.gov.in/home, I found it hard to navigate and find empty slots across different pin codes near my residence. On the site itself, I discovered public APIs shared by the government [https://apisetu.gov.in/public/marketplace/api/cowin] so I decided to play around with it and that’s how I came up with the script.”
Talking about the Python script, Bhatt mentioned that he used just 2 simple python libraries to create the Python script, which is datetime and requests. The first part of the code helps the end-user to discover a unique district_id. “Once he has the district_id, he has to input the data range for which he wants to check availability which is where the 2nd part of the script comes in handy,” Bhatt added.
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