Updated: Jan 6
Although music has existed for at least 35,000 years, we are only now uncovering its therapeutic health benefits and its huge impact on the brain. It’s why Canadian tech startup LUCID is turning music into medicine by using AI and machine learning to target specific health outcomes.
In conversation with National Observer, CTO and co-founder Aaron Labbé explains how music’s healing properties help others in challenging situations.
“Ultimately, I'm trying to build alternatives and a higher standard of care and good quality of life for people who are dealing with mental and neuropsychiatric health,” states Labbé. “And for me, the instrument for that is music.”
How exactly does LUCID use technology to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and the like?
Using an algorithm Lucid created, it reacts to biometric and psychometric responses of patients. By doing this, the algorithm offers personalized, AI-curated playlists that help alleviate those suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, burnout and other neurocognitive conditions.
With their most recent financing round, LUCID aims to develop further research into non-invasive treatments using music to help assist and reduce agitation and anxiety in dementia care.
The funding will help expand the team to join the cause to create a more “accessible and empathetic and ideally non-chemical remedy to support the symptoms that people like myself live through,” as explained by Labbé
LUCID is now working to develop and refine its product for people with dementia, with a planned digital therapeutic dubbed LUC-101 in 2023.
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