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The Spoken Word: What Can Our Speech Tell Us About Our Health and Well-Being?

2023 Future of Health Summit

The Spoken Word: What Can Our Speech Tell Us About Our Health and Well-Being?

Monday, November 6, 2023
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM EST
Salamander Washington DC - Gallery C

Natural speech analysis can provide insight into cognitive and mental health across an array of disorders from Alzheimer’s to schizophrenia. How can we embrace speech analysis as a tool to enhance awareness, along with predicting, diagnosing, and tracking disease? When combined with machine learning, voice analysis provides an unprecedented opportunity to monitor well-being through the creation of vocal biomarkers: signatures from speech that are associated with clinical outcomes. Listening not only to what people say, but how they say it—intonation, pace, pitch, word selection, and so on, etc. —could provide much-needed objective measures of mental and cognitive health. Experts on this panel will discuss emerging speech analysis technology and its power to promote health and timely access to care. 

Emily Baxi
Director, Strategic Philanthropy, Milken Institute
Nate Blaylock
Chief Technology Officer, Canary Speech
Grace Chang
CEO, Kintsugi Mindful Wellness, Inc.
Olivier Elemento
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Cornell University
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois