Anxiety is an inherent component of human experience. As a mental state, anxiety creates the mental tension and physical readiness for dealing with possible threats and uncertainties --anxiety is argued to be an activator for our cognitive machinery to be active when facing issues that matters. Yet, anxiety is also a harm, known to be a primary inducer for risky behaviors and mental health disorders (depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, etc), inducing yearly social costs estimated to outreach dozens of trillions of SEK (trillions euros).
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and anxiety are tightly related and significant scientific and social value can be obtained from connecting them with each other. The AnxSAI initiative is dedicated to study all the possible interplays between artificial intelligence and anxiety:
can we use AI systems to better understand the processes of anxiety?
can we make more human-friendly AI systems by making them sensitive to the anxiety their decisions can create?
can understanding anxiety be useful for making better AI systems?
can we use AI systems to simulate the manifestations of human-like anxiety, for training and policy-making purposes?
Melania Borit, Associate professor in Knowledge Integration and Interdisciplinary Science, modelling and simulation of social processes & game-based learning, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science, Norway
Has offered methodological support for various lines of AnxSAI research and strategic insights on establishing the field
João Carvalho, intern in the Responsible AI team and student at Umeå University.
Has completed a MSc thesis on anxiety and online dating (MSc thesis), cum laude (VG grade)