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Apple working on technology that can detect depression, anxiety, cognitive decline in users


And some observers are not thrilled

Apple is developing technology to help diagnose depression and cognitive decline in users through sensor data related to mobility, physical activity, sleep patterns, and typing behavior, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Journal added that researchers are aiming to "tease out digital signals associated with the target conditions so that algorithms can be created to detect them reliably" on Apple devices.

What are the details?

Detection of anxiety and autism also are in the works, the New York Post reported.

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The depression and cognitive decline features would reportedly use extensive personal data collected by sensors on Apple devices like iPhones and Apple Watches, including information about users' sleep patterns, physical activity, typing behavior and more. Apple is reportedly working on the effort alongside researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, who are studying stress, anxiety and depression. The tech giant is also collaborating with drugmaker Biogen Inc., which is studying cognitive decline, according to the Journal. A third reported collaboration, with Duke University, uses the iPhone's camera to observe young children's physical behavior and help detect autism.

The Post said Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the report.

The paper added that the projects reportedly are still in early research stages, and it's unclear if the work will ever lead to applications that are made available to Apple users.


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