A computer scientist for IBM has discovered – using only a microphone, a computer and his own unique brand of genius – a way to diagnose people from only their voice. Guillermo Cecchi has developed a format that was initially used to tell which drugs each of his test subjects were using, judging from their wording and tone. Apparently people who use MDMA are more likely to use positive and friendly words (not surprising), while also using less bridging words like “Like” and “You know”, as their speech was far more fluid (quite surprising).
From there however, it has been noted that scientists may be able to potentially diagnose patients with a slew of potential psychological ailments using the same technique as Cecchi. If developed and used correctly, we could be looking at a world where our local doctor is nothing more than a speakerbox for us to talk into, and diagnosed and prescribed a cure on the spot. Probably still cost just as much to visit them, mind!