Brookings October 14, 2021
Alexandrine Royer

If you need to treat anxiety in the future, odds are the treatment won’t just be therapy, but also an algorithm. Across the mental-health industry, companies are rapidly building solutions for monitoring and treating mental-health issues that rely on just a phone or a wearable device. To do so, companies are relying on “affective computing” to detect and interpret human emotions. It’s a field that’s forecast to become a $37 billion industry by 2026, and as the COVID-19 pandemic has increasingly forced life online, affective computing has emerged as an attractive tool for governments and corporations to address an ongoing mental health crisis. 

Despite a rush to build applications using it, emotionally intelligent computing remains in its infancy and is...

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