Wearable sensors may predict aggression in autistics

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11 May 2018, 3:33 am

https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/wearable-sensors-may-predict-aggression-people-autism/

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A small wristband gives caregivers a one-minute warning that an individual with autism is about to become aggressive toward himself or others. Researchers presented the unpublished results today at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. ­­

The device, made by a Massachusetts-based company called Empatica, detects an individual’s heart rate, sweat levels, movement and skin temperature.

Using a combination of these features, the sensor predicts an aggressive outburst with 70 percent accuracy. When researchers program the device with an individual’s own data, the accuracy rises to 84 percent.

To train the device to recognize the warning signs of an outburst, the researchers worked with 20 nonverbal individuals with autism who had been admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit. The participants wore the wristband as they went about their typical day. (The only difference from a regular day was that a research assistant shadowed them and recorded their outbursts.)

The team collected data for 87 hours, during which the participants had 548 aggressive episodes. They looked at variables that might predict an outburst from three to one minutes before an episode.

The researchers used a machine-learning algorithm to analyze their data.


This technology may very well used far beyound the original minimal stated intent. For example all autistic high school students required to wear them to prevent mass shootings.


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11 May 2018, 3:36 am

Soon to be available with an integrated taser function too!



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11 May 2018, 3:47 am

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For example all autistic high school students required to wear them to prevent mass shootings.


Autism has absolutely nothing to do with School Shootings; that's a screwed up mind set

It's kids who are abused and bullied constantly with absolutely no help given or sought whatsoever and/or have serious mental health issues that have not been addressed that do that kind of s**t


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11 May 2018, 3:49 am

Well, keeping in mind that "agressive outbrusts" are mainly meltdowns and meltdowns are usually triggered by serious discomfort, they've basically invented discomfort-sensing wristbands.
Yay.
There is a lot of different ways it can go from this point. Some I like, some I don't.


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11 May 2018, 4:20 am

lostxprophit wrote:
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For example all autistic high school students required to wear them to prevent mass shootings.


Autism has absolutely nothing to do with School Shootings; that's a screwed up mind set

It is screwed up mindset but a real one. Fear trumps logic nearly everytime.

If you notice I wrote “minimal stated intent”. I strongly suspect the manufacturer expects their technology to be eventually used in all sorts of invasive ways. They most likely understand the slippery slope roll out strategy that has worked so often with other technologies. Start with using it in limited understandable ways. One it is accepted
quietly broaden its usage. Call any objectors paranoid luddits. Eventually you have money making monster that is accepted as just how things are.


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11 May 2018, 7:01 am

^^ sad but true. It’s the business equivalent of a Trojan horse.



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11 May 2018, 4:00 pm

Of course, they're not going to make NTs who show aggression violence and bullying towards autistic people wear these things. :x



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11 May 2018, 6:36 pm

What will they do if autistic kids are forced to wear those things, but NT kids without such monitors keep shooting up schools?


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11 May 2018, 8:49 pm

They invented a device for Detecting aggression in autistics?

Isnt that like inventing something for detecting aggression in little old ladies to protect muggers? Or to protect wolves from aggression by sheep? Ass backward as you can get.

NTs are the aggressive group, and the usual aggresSORs (ie bullies). Autistics are usually the victims of aggression, and not the perpetrators of it.

That on top of all of the big brother issues.