Real Steel, iRobot, or a little know movie by the name of Robot Jox (youtube it the movie is worth it), but all of these movies dealt with robots, or virtual reality sports. What if we are not that far off from that? Or will there ever be a time when the machines “Rise Up” and become the athletes?
I know it sounds a little far fetch but with our new tech savvy generation who knows. Today I was hanging with one of the homeboys and his one year old daughter (shout out to Millie) knew how to work an iPad I was amazed. She knew how to drag, drop, click on photos on Facebook, close the application, and open up her favorite app (ABC’s by Elmo). So it made me think about how sports would be in the future with technology.
Will major sports be too tech savvy? We already have jumped on instant replay, tennis has a computer that can tell you if the ball was in bounds or out, even hockey has the goal line rigged so a horn goes off if the puck passes. Yet what if they took it to another level with A.I.? Could we eventually see man vs machine (and I’m not counting Kasporov vs the computer)? Or what if competitive video gaming become a major, sport like a new virtual Madden or NBA2K.
Would these new sports or new take on old sports be less appealing to the public? Will humans be like characters on WALL-E? Just sit in a chair and let machines do everything? Maybe it’s hard to see in our lifetime but it makes you think. Sports as they are now could be boring in the future. Lets face it kids are not going outside like WE used to. When I was young you couldn’t keep me indoors. Now you have programs to encourage kids to play outside for at least 60 minutes (play60). Eventually we might just plug ourselves into the matrix, and then we wouldn’t have to worry about player safety so much Mr. Goodell, but it will be interesting to see the future of sports mixed with technology.