Rio Olympics may be the last Olympics involving pure humans.
We are entering a transhuman phase, where competitions among pure humans with limited capabilities will fall out of favor.
In next few months we will see first such competition among transhumans.
This is the future of sports!
Lesser number of people watched the Olympics this time. NBC saw a double-digit decline in total viewers vs. the Games held in London just four years ago. One of the reasons for this decline could be that Olympic games for all its glory and tradition, may appear boring to audiences, particularly millennials
Nothing really exciting happens in Olympics now. Specifically, very few world records are broken. In fact, many world records were established long back. If we move to women games, the story is even more dismal.
I not dissing on athletes. It is just that we are reaching the limits of human ability.
And the situation is not improving any time soon. It takes huge amount of time for humans to evolve, so human body is not getting any better in the timescales that we have at hand
Going forward, Olympics are going to become even less exciting, if they do not change.
In the future, we will witness more blend of sports and technology
What I am talking about here is called transhumanism, something that you probably have only seen in the Marvel Production movies. Transhumanism is a theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.
In the future sporting events, athletes would be geared with capabilities beyond human limits using technology. Something similar to superheros like Ironman, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and QuickSilver.
Specifically, the future games would be overhauled with advanced sensor-driven machinery, wireless powered devices, bionics, cyborgs, and what not.
Some of this technology is already out. PatentYogi research team digged into the patent databases to find out more about technology that is still under development. Patents give us insights into technology much before it actually makes it to the market.
Powered exoskeletons would be the biggest game-changer technology in the future games. Basically, it is just like an Iron Man suit. Many companies are developing exoskeletons. MIT has filed many patents for exoskeletons that may be operated to walk and run efficiently.
The futuristic Olympic Games will showcase the athletes breaking the age old records in the formats like discus throw, shot put, and long jump.
Exoskeletons enhance the athlete’s overall physical strength. Weightlifting would witness a competition among humans with huge strength like Hulk or Superman. In fact, weightlifters may also be allowed to use anabolic steroids, performance-enhancing drugs, bone strengtheners, and epinephrine injections.
Technologies like bionic eyes and telescopic lens will provide supernatural eyesight to the archers and shooters. Currently, these lens help the lens-wearer to attain eyesight which may be 3 times sharper than the normal human’s eyesight. This will help the archers and shooters aim for the significant longer distances with extreme precision.
Swimmers may be injected with oxygen-filled microparticles to oxygenate the swimmer for a significant amount of time. This technological advancement would transform the current swimming format into an underwater swimming competition.
Underwater swimming is faster is mostly swimming on the surface.
Many new games could be introduced like drone racing or a robot boxing event, where robots are controlled by humans.
In future, Olympic Games would be much more interesting, thrilling, and entertaining than a two-hour action packed sci-fi thriller movie
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