How innovations in sports change the wider world
What would hyperreal sports broadcasting look like, if it acknowledged the political context of these events?
A speculative journey to the future of athletic performance and genetic engineering.
But for the man who invented the flotation tank, it was supposed to be something else altogether: a way to open a hole to the center of the universe.
For refugees without anchors in their new societies, or who are fleeing broken families and societies, the soccer field offers a place where they can easily locate a new social identity in a foreign setting.
In the stands, legions of robot fans look on. Articulated limbs raise LED placards in unison at appropriate moments, their faceplates shining with the avatars of distant, telepresent humans. On the field, two hologrammatic teams are composed entirely of flickering light: In silence, they sweep from one end to the other, reenacting a game which has already been pre-calculated and pre-played.
In the end, what could save big sporting events is not a focus on sustainability, or even technology, but a change in mindset. It’s about seeing these events as an opportunity for long-term change, rather than just a one-off spectacle.
On group fitness, and the exchange of capital for quasi-spirituality.
Or, why sports entertainment is the most valuable–and most mediated–entertainment of our time.
There are sports stories we wish we could tell–but the data just isn’t there even at the highest level.
How do you train for the physical endurance of eating as quickly as possible?
From “The Prisoner” to “The Running Man,” sci-fi writers can’t help but try to invent weird new games.
Examining not just the science of gender segregation in sport, but the social cost as well.
Streaming video has allowed the scene to get so huge that mainstream acceptance is no longer a consideration, let alone a priority, for most players and fans.
Sports have had a long relationship with the military–but over the past decade or so at least one aspect of that connection has deepened, and technological innovations developed for military purposes are making their way into sports of all kinds.
A crash course in how innovations in sports affect the wider world.