Books from the outside world. Head On, Scalzi, 2018. “It has everything: Futuristic sports, murder, sex, love, home invasion, shady business people and midnight flights to central Europe. As one must.” Whatever: Head On Post-Writing Post. Read prologue, Tor.com: Head On.
The World Games bills itself as “New Generation of Global Sports.”
What sports will we be playing in the 2120 Games? A quick Internet search shows that movies and books predict future sport becoming high tech and/or death matches.
I predict we will move in the opposite direction. As tech expands, we will place a priority on “pure sport”, i.e. what a human can do unassisted.
Competitions than use little or no technology will become the status sports. Running. High Jump. Wrestling. Straight up human effort.
Of course there will be no such thing as an unassisted competitor.
Before the competition there will be nutrition, immersive training, questionable medications, misuse of nanotechnology. During the competition, there will be the playing surface, the clothing, the shoes.
When we speak of tech, we tend to think of things that beep and blink. However, anything built is technology. The rope in tug of war. The shot in shot put. When seconds or inches count, huge amounts of money are spent on materials and design.
Yet, despite the dictates of logic, the ideal will remain the naked dude running in ancient Greece.
I haven’t touched on team sports or sports from the past, such as fencing or riding. Thoughts?
Update. Check out food for thought in first comment.