How does long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte maintain his sanity during his daily eight-hour swims, and can a complex computer model track it?
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How Marathon Swimmers Stay Sane During Their Lonely Swims
"Through all the training, the early mornings, the feedings, the grueling kilometres Olympic swimmer Stephanie Horner and her comrades rack up, almost nothing can prepare them for mowing through arduous loads and working long periods in isolation in the pool. It's just them and a chlorinated haze of water. Isolation has the potential to produce athletes that become bored, often finding it difficult in executing the repetition required to progress to the next level. It can also force a swimmer to give up during competition or quit altogether."
Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor?
"Silicon Valley is bringing a host of new data-driven technologies to health care, many of them with enormous potential. But before we rush to measure every human attribute in real time, it would be a good idea to ask: When is more data actually useful to promote and ensure better health? And when does technology add true value to health care? The results have been mixed.
May A.I Help You?
"TWO YEARS AGO, Alison Darcy built a robot to help out the depressed. As a clinical research psychologist at Stanford University, she knew that one powerful way to help people suffering from depression or anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy, or C.B.T. It’s a form of treatment in which a therapist teaches patients simple techniques that help them break negative patterns of thinking. C.B.T. is not difficult to learn, but it’s more effective when it includes regular check-ins with a therapist — which, as Darcy knew, isn’t feasible for most people. Maybe they can’t afford it; maybe they’re too busy; maybe they avoid treatment because it seems stigmatizing to them."
Ben Lecomte's historic swim across the Pacific Ocean is a feat that can’t be missed. Join us as we dive into the most extensive data set of the Pacific Ocean ever collected. Learn about the technology the Seeker crew is using to deter sharks away from Ben and measure the impact of the long-distance swim on his mind and body. Ben's core mission is to raise awareness for ocean health issues, so we’ll investigate key topics such as pollution and plastics as he swims closer to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, discover potential consequences from climate change, and examine how factors like ocean currents can impact his progress along the way.
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