Recently an article published at Co.Exist.com, a site that focuses on groundbreaking innovation, published an article entitled “An App To Diagnose Bipolar Mood Swings By How People Talk On The Phone.” It discusses a system that detects early signs of a bipolar patient slipping into a manic episode. After reading the article, I thought about how my voice on the phone during a manic episode, or during a depressive episode, would decipher whether or not I would reach out to my loved ones, or not. For me, when I was in a manic state I was more inclined to pick up the phone and ramble on and on about the on goings of my life. Often times, my friends would detect my mood and show concern for my rushed speech and tangential thought process. When I was depressed I would rarely pick up the phone because it would be hard to mask my state of mine through the tone of my voice. When I think about this article I wonder how it could be an infringement of my privacy and would lead me to be more self-conscious about my mental state. Maybe it would be helpful for my loved ones to be able to track my mood swings through my voice but do I want that? Is it a form of phone-tapping? Yes. Do I consider it an invasion of my privacy? Sure. Do I want people to judge me based on my voice? No. I see the positive ramifications of such an App, but believe people should think about how this App can affect their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
See article below.