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Beyond Verbal wants to use virtual assistants to detect disease by analyzing your voice

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Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced a $3 billion plan to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases in our children s lifetime.

For the past two years, a startup called Beyond Verbal has been working on disease detection through voice samples and machine learning, an application Zuckerberg himself has talked about as having interesting potential.Today, the company launched the Beyond mHealth Research Platform to collaborate with research institutes, hospitals, businesses, and universities to collectively search for unique markers in voice samples.

Here you have people who say, We know that there are new tools that can be utilized on a global basis, and let s do something about this , so I think it s an amazing thing.

One of the things that we ve been doing is research with the Mayo Clinic on the ability to detect some heart problems just by analyzing the tone of voice.

Partners have already agreed to submit voice samples to help develop detection of PTSD and neurological diseases.

Early partners include the Scripps Research Institute, Mayo Clinic, and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.Beyond Verbal has also been working on a related program — emotion detection through voice analysis.

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