Opinion | Robot Therapists? Not So Fast, Says Talkspace C.E.O.

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Talk remedy has seen a increase throughout the pandemic. And with psychological well being chat bots like Woebot available on the market and textual content remedy platforms like Talkspace going public, the opportunity of people outsourcing our behavioral well being to algorithmic healers is just rising — together with the moral questions hooked up to it. So Kara Swisher turned to Oren Frank, a co-founder and the chief government of Talkspace, to ask what the growing technologization of remedy means for remedy efficacy and for privateness.

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In this dialog, Kara asks Frank whether or not well being care apps like Talkspace, which acquire affected person information, are providing significant insights or are privateness sieves ready to be hacked. They additionally speak about learn how to measure remedy efficacy and who’s accountable — the platform or the supplier — when one thing goes incorrect.

(A full transcript of the episode shall be obtainable noon on the Times web site.)

Credit…Illustration by The New York Times; photograph by way of Talkspace

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