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Artificial Intelligence and Problem Gambling: A Potentially Useful Tool

Published: April 29, 2024

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is beginning to change the way we think about education, writing, medicine, and many other professions and industries. In the world of gaming, some experts are beginning to wonder if AI might eventually have useful applications for detecting the beginnings of a gambling disorder. 

Gambling disorders are complex, and a single source or “cause” for problem gambling behavior isn’t easy to identify — especially without the help of a medical professional. As explained in this article from Tekedia, this will be a big challenge for any AI algorithm to overcome. 

Mindway AI, a UK-based company, is developing “state-of-the-art software solutions for the detection of at-risk and problem gamblers,” according to its website. The company’s software uses a rating scale to assign players a risk score, which could potentially become a useful tool for health experts to utilize in the future. 

Today, there are plenty of accessible resources that don’t rely on help from artificial intelligence. If you’re looking for an easy way to rate your risk level for problem gambling, take the two-minute quiz. Answer a few quick questions about your gambling activity to receive a score. Please keep in mind – your results are not a medical diagnosis. 

Here are a few different tips to keep your play responsible no matter your risk level: 

  • Set limits on the time and money you’re willing to spend on gambling.
  • Play for entertainment; never play for income.
  • Make sure you know when to quit, and never chase your losses.

For more resources and to get help, please visit our Get Help page, call the free Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966, or text 4HOPE to 741741 to connect with a trained specialist. They’re available 24/7 to give you the confidential support you need with no strings attached.

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