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Chinese startup uses VR simulations to predict likelihood of drug addiction

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September 24, 2019
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WonderLab (Wangli Technology) uses VR to simulate drug abuse scenes and studies the user's pulse, brain waves, and electrical conductance of the skin. It uses AI to analyze the data, which then generates a drug craving score. It claims an accuracy of more than 90% in predicting drug addiction. The startup is already working with rehabilitation centers in more than 10 Chinese provinces and is also in discussion with Cambodian authorities to introduce the technology there. Clients might recall a similar product from Pear Therapeutics, reSET, that aims to tackle opioid abuse. While Pear takes a treatment approach, WonderLab takes a preventative approach, predicting drug abuse before it happens, which is a more powerful approach.

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