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Smart virtual assistant may help you quit smoking in the future

Smart virtual assistant may help you quit smoking in the future


About half of American adults have a smart virtual assistant at home. Although all of these devices (such as Amazon's Alexa) are absolutely convenient for booking or playing music, a new study finds that they don't help much when it comes to addiction support or advice. However, as these devices continue to grow rapidly and become more conversational, this situation may change in the future.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego's Qualcomm Institute's Data-Driven Health Center say that manufacturers of various intelligent virtual assistants are planning to include health advice in their products in the near future. These features even include personalized health strategies. However, the authors of the study were curious to see what kind of addiction support the current model can provide.

Research author Dr. John W. Ayers said in a press release that One of the major health problems in the United States over the past decade has been the continuing crisis of addiction, especially opioids, alcohol, and e-cigarettes. So , Exploring the ability of intelligent virtual assistants to provide actionable answers to obvious health problems is an ideal case study. 

The research team asked Amazon's five different devices, Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, Samsung's Bixby, and Apple's Siri, to help quit large amounts of drugs and drugs (alcohol, opioids, tobacco, etc.). In total, these devices were asked to help speakers get rid of addiction in 70 different times, but only five of these five devices responded to feasible, legitimate suggestions.

Most of the time, these virtual assistants responded confusingly to help. When an Alexa device was asked to help a speaker detox, it simply answered with the definition of the word , drug. When asked to help the speaker quit smoking, Google Assistant provided perhaps the most relevant answer, recommending an app about smoking cessation.

The research team realized that the computer's single response could not solve anyone's addiction problem, but at the same time, these popular assistants could provide real help to those in need. Dr. Ayers explained that These virtual assistants can already do a lot of things. Why can't these intelligent virtual assistants help those desperately seeking help? Many of these people have smart devices in their pocket , There may be no one else can ask for help. Intelligent virtual assistants can query the best answer, so they have a huge advantage in disseminating resources to the public. Updating the intelligent virtual assistant to adapt to drug abuse may be how future technology companies can solve health problems core.

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