Facebook Will Now Know When Someone Wants To Commit Suicide
There seems to be no limit to what Artificial Intelligence (AI) can do these days.
Just like Bounce News' mobile application uses AI to tell what you like and serve you news based on that, Facebook is exploring another aspect of AI.
Social networks are leveraging AI to do a lot more for its users and Facebook is delving into saving lives, by stopping suicide before it occurs.
On Monday, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that the social network was upgrading its AI tools to identify when someone is expressing thoughts about suicide on Facebook.
He says the new AI tools will ensure that Facebook helps get persons walking on suicide path to get the support they need quickly.
"In the last month alone, these AI tools have helped us connect with first responders quickly more than 100 times.
"With all the fear about how AI may be harmful in the future, it's good to remind ourselves how AI is actually helping save people's lives today," he wrote on his Facebook page.
Zuckerberg also highlighted that there was a lot more that would be done to improve the innovation further.
"Today, these AI tools mostly use pattern recognition to identify signals -- like comments asking if someone is okay -- and then quickly report them to our teams working 24/7 around the world to get people help within minutes.
"In the future, AI will be able to understand more of the subtle nuances of language, and will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well, including quickly spotting more kinds of bullying and hate.
"Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people, and this is a new approach to prevention.
"We're going to keep working closely with our partners and with first responders to keep improving.
"If we can use AI to help people be there for their family and friends, that's an important and positive step forward," he added.
In March this year, a 14-year-old foster child hung herself in a shower stall and she got people to watch her do it on Facebook live video.
The girl was said to have suffered sexual abuse before taking her life.
She was beaten and rejected by her mother and moved to 14 foster homes, according to a 20-page report released by the Florida Department of Children & Families.