Stanford-Developed Chatbot Targets Depression And Anxiety
The endearing bot administers psychologist-approved therapy techniques via Facebook Messenger
Woebot is a charismatic chatbot that offers cognitive behavioral therapy in text byte doses—emojis included. The bot was developed by a team of Stanford psychologists and AI experts and is equipped with daily mood-monitoring conversations, video and word games, mood-tracking technology and other resources to help support users with their mental health. Unlike conventional therapists, Woebot is available 24/7 and will never judge a patient's thoughts.
“Woebot is a robot you can tell anything to,” Woebot CEO and psychologist Alison Darcy told Wired. “It’s not an AI that’s going to tell you stuff you don’t know about yourself by detecting some magic you’re not even aware of.”