Artificial Intelligence (AI), the ability for computer systems and machines to simulate human decision-making and intelligence, including learning from their experiences, has long been a staple of science fiction and fantasy. Whether it’s the bland but powerful Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the brilliant but scheming Ava in Ex Machina, or the loving robot child seeking his place in this world in AI: Artificial Intelligence, the idea of self-aware machines has stimulated our dreams and stalked our nightmares.

But many feel that, far from being a fantasy, AI may have very practical purposes. For example, a group of scientists based primarily in Qatar have shown that technologies based in Artificial Intelligence have been moderately successful in diagnosing mental illnesses and neurological disorders.

To read more about the study in Nature, click HERE. The article is quite technical.