Probably not truly effective ones in the immediate future, but could robots be programmed to do general triage mental health evaluations and even rudimentary therapy?
If this question sounds strange, consider Eliza the computer program who is a Rogerian therapist. Go ahead and interact with her right now, if you like.
AuRoRA is a program that is researching the use of robots as tools that might serve an educational or therapeutic role for children with autism.
And in this video, Han the robot is eerily responding to people’s questions. His camera-sensors are able to, at a basic level, interpret people’s movements, but imagine version 6 or 7 as the technology develops:
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