People are nostalgic in their nature and they are afraid of changes. Well at least majority of them is. But development and progress are built on unknown and utilization of acquired experiences. We are children of the era where we believe world is built around us humans…we use nature and animals as tools for our development and we only react to threats to our beloved model of living. And it seems that with technology development our biggest threat is not coming from outside but we are going to build it our self. With expansion of technology into area of machine learning, artificial intelligence, robot based activities, self-improving algorithms, humanity is feeling threatened. What if we become tools instead of masters? Well situation is not that new, we know from history movements against machines that were seen as replacement for workers (Luddism). But this time it is not about rage against the machines is about silence resistance against development.
Based little in my main areas of interests in life sport and business I could actually see this resistance played parallel in those two fields. Both of them use technology for development and players in those fields have money and motivation to research and try new ways of improving them self through use of technology. And by doing so technology is changing landscape of both of them.
When we talked about sport and development of it through use of technology in order to improve results, we could see enormous steps forward, but with all the development…we could still hear that F1 drivers should drive without ABS like true, old drivers, that yes VAR in football is ok, but it brakes a game to much, and probably the most clear example is cycling with its power meter driving. When you look at riders from team SKY, team that is utilising technology in the strongest sense (let’s not go here in discussion if they are utilising anything else), that are simply driving steady without reacting to anything around them, since they know exactly their limits, you can either admire their composure and advantage that technology brought them and accept that thigs have changed or you can go around shouting that “passion is gone” and that everything changed for worse.
When we then look with other eye to business, where robots and automation are already integral part of it, and with strong rise in use of artificial intelligence, smart utilisation of big data sets, development of IoT, huge development in machine learning capabilities, we are again hearing some concerns about what is the limit of this development, will all those developments still be controlled by people, will they replace us…and again is all this taking “passion out of business”…are we loosing human factor.
Y.N. Harari in his book Homo Deus is defining emotions as biochemical algorithms, he is also pointing to evolution theory and its incompatibility with idea of human soul. What is this human factor, that passion element that we are losing if we are incorporating technology development in everyday reality. And if we find it, is this human factor really the most important element to have in sport and business in order for those areas to develop the most. I guess in homo-centric world maybe, but in future who knows. But winners are utilisers, that is one of the lections history teach us. Maybe not always first utilisers, but for sure early ones.
So the questions should not be about embracing technology development but about building proper framework for its utilisation. And we should leave passion for other areas of human life not business and sport.