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What Will Sport Look Like in 20 Years?

Achievements in the scientific and technical fields create new sports equipment, nutrition and even game rules. It is difficult to imagine that the sport, to which we have already become accustomed, will transform in the near future. Most likely, classical team games and disciplines will remain (for example, football or aerobics). But such things do not mean that the future will not make any adjustments. We analyze the opinions of specialists on this issue and try to predict what will be the next generation of sports.
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Achievements in the scientific and technical fields create new sports equipment, nutrition and even game rules. It is difficult to imagine that the sport, to which we have already become accustomed, will transform in the near future. Most likely, classical team games and disciplines will remain (for example, football or aerobics).

But such things do not mean that the future will not make any adjustments. We analyze the opinions of specialists on this issue and try to predict what will be the next generation of sports.

Artificial Organs

Due to the progress of medical and technological areas, implantation surgery has become a widespread practice around the world. Artificial organs will also be used in sports: now sports committees are discussing the equal participation of experienced athletes and people with mechanical limbs. At Paralympics, participants annually argue that the willpower is more important than the physical condition of a person.

It is possible that in the future there will be a complete replacement of the bodies of athletes on the mechanisms of automatic control. Today, many athletes end up with unpredictable injuries and many think: is a relatively short career worth high health risks? Therefore, it is possible that people will be watching a team of robots with artificial intelligence. They will not be distracted by cries of fans, and the human factor will not affect the effectiveness of the game. Perhaps, the athletes will become real cyborgs. In particular, a bioethicist Andy Miam suggested using tissue transplants to improve the connection between the fingers and toes of athletes. This allows for some “modification” of athletes, giving them an advantage over ordinary ones.

Incidentally, in June 2016 in Anhui (China), there has already been a 20th football match between robot teams called RoboCup. The organizers of the competition set the goal: to create a team of robots to be able to beat football professional athletes by 2050. They play, by the way, a ball for beach handball, and matches go two periods for ten minutes.

New Kinds of Sports

What do you think about virtually-real racing? We mean, such racings that will happen simultaneously both in the real world and in the virtual worlds. Two of the professional riders, Ben Collins and Matt Power, have already experienced the following technology: they ran through cars on various Los Angeles tracks, and then wore VR technology helmets. So they managed to combine the two races into one computer. The track on the screen repeated the physical, although it was supplemented with “bonuses”: for example, falling from the sky with stones or emerging holes.

Another perspective is droncrooss. As soon as the first unmanned pilots released into the sky, developers immediately began to ponder how to organize rallies between them. Incidentally, in the US, such races have already been held for more than two years. The speed of the participants reaches about 129 km / h, and the track includes thrown buildings and branches of the metro. All drones are equipped with cameras and helmets connected to the people who managed them. That is, their owners automatically participate in such races. Such competitions are held by The Drones Racing League, and its head, Nicholas Gorbachevsky, notes that this experience can be compared to a computer game. By the way, the devices do not belong to the people who manage them: The League is developing a drone to check the skill of the “pilots” in this way.

In the future, we will not only watch the UFC battles but also battles of giant robots. The Megabots American Company is already engaged in the development of multi-meter robots. The goal of such battles, by the way, is not just a concrete confrontation, but the popularization of humanoid robots. For example, the Mark-2 American robot (4.5 m in height) is guided by two people sitting inside it and is able to shoot with machine guns and paintball balls. 

Body flight has become not just the future, but already an element of modernity – flights in the enclosed space. In 2016, Spain hosted the aerodynamic dance championship (Windgames 2016). Russian Leonid Volkov has performed there a program that simultaneously combined parachuting, figure skating or synchronized sailing. The bottom line is that the participants must at some time perform a certain number of maneuvers in the aerodynamic tube. You can act individually or in a team; the wind speed in such a pipe can reach 270 km/h. Athletes are also called free-flyers: for the first time, their competitions took place at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

While Elon Musk launches shuttles to other planets, experts are already contemplating how to integrate sports into the life of an entire galaxy. For example, mountaineering on other planets is a good option and a real challenge for those who love adrenaline. Since it is known that the mountains of the Earth – far from the highest in the entire solar system, climbers will be able to test their forces in Venus (Ishtar Highlands) or Mars (Volcano Olymp, 24 meters). They will be able to climb to the top of the asteroids and volcanic cones. However, it will be necessary to think carefully about how to give advice with heavy space equipment and supplies.

With the same success, it is fashionable to try skating or sledding on the moon. Its dusty surface would ideally fit slippery skis; it will be possible to even organize a whole ski resort. Astronaut Alan Shepard has already become one of the first athletes in outer space — he managed to play golf on our satellite.

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