Mention the phrase "robot psychologist" and meme-worthy images of automatons or perhaps human-like robot hosts fictionalized by HBO's hit science-fiction series "Westworld" may come to mind. Yet part of what practicing psychologist do, such as administering certain types of psychological tests, assessments, and questionnaires, can be automated -- the technical capabilities exist today. And the technology is growing exponentially more sophisticated. For example, researchers at MIT have created an artificial neural network computer model that can detect depression from natural conversation . Will robot psychologists be commonplace one day?
When I went to the hospital to give birth to my first child, I tried to get through labor without an epidural. A nurse came into my room and watched me grimace with pain during a contraction. I was convinced that good moms didn't give their kids drugs before they're even born. The nurse asked me, "Do you routinely punch yourself in the face?" I was shocked by her question.
A British Winter Olympic athlete has told how she self-harmed as she struggled to cope with the demands of elite competition. Rebekah Wilson, a member of Team GB's two-woman bobsleigh crew at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, told BBC Sport she would secretly cut - and even try to concuss - herself as the "intense pressure" of training took its toll. Such were the problems she faced, she quit the sport after Sochi aged just 23, and spent the next 18 months receiving treatment at a specialist mental health hospital. Wilson says she has spoken out in order to raise awareness of the strain placed on athletes. "It goes on a lot more than we allow ourselves to think," she said.
A new action plan is being put in place to stop professional athletes "reaching crisis point" with their mental health. The measures have been announced by the government to protect the mental health of athletes and include giving coaches and support staff extra training to spot the signs of poor mental health. The plan has been developed with mental health and sport organisations. The government says all elite sports must have a clear mental health strategy by 2024. A Professional Players' Federation survey in February found more than half of former professional sportspeople had concerns about their mental or emotional wellbeing since retiring.
According to Rock Health, the digital health funding in the first quarter of 2018 reached a whopping $1.6 billion. This is the highest first quarter on record as it surpassed the much-hyped $1.4 billion funding in venture capital during Q1 2016. AI is being applied in 5 different areas of healthcare to improve its overall operations. It is helping in administration, care provision, clinical decision-making, big data analysis, and remote patient monitoring. Founded by Neal Liu, an MIT graduate, the company started receiving funding in 2016.