Health improving technology
September 18th, 2018
In our weekly news filter ‘What We’re Clicking On’, we share our thoughts on the most interesting articles relating to the future of cities, buildings and interiors.
Intelligent medical service
Depressions are one of the most widely suffered – and often undiagnosed – conditions. Last week’s Axios newsletter shed light on MIT researchers who trained an AI system using recorded conversations to assess whether a person is depressed and, if so, how severely. The researchers explained to Axios that someone who is depressed may lack the motivation to see a professional. Without a weighty medical conversation, an AI system might detect depression that may otherwise be missed.
Read more about MIT’s research as well as concerns about the use of AI on Axios
Wellbeing boosts economy
This week, the UK commercial property company British Land published the report ‘A Design for Life’. The findings show that improving mental health and wellbeing in cities could have significant and positive impacts in several ways, including boosting productivity in the workplace, reducing absenteeism and bringing down the welfare bills. Putting health and wellbeing at the heart of development could lead to a £15.3bn boost to the U.K. economy by 2050. These benefits are substantial, but primarily focus on external benefits. However, individuals also stand to benefit from improved wellbeing, with an estimated annual wellbeing gain of £3.1bn by 2050 – the report shows.
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$500 million for inclusive city
Multiple news outlets last week reported on the launch of JPMorgan’s AdvancingCities project. This five-year, $500 million initiative aims to create greater economic opportunity and inclusive growth in worldwide cities. The company plans to invest, through public-private partnerships, in places where it can address employment barriers, financial insecurity and affordable housing.