Technology in Sports

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It today’s world, sport cannot go together without technology. With the ever growing development of new technologies, they have always tried to be implemented into sports. Because technology can give sports something nothing else can, an unmistakable truth. Or so they say. Due to the fact that people are, well, people, they are bound to make mistakes. It is because we are human, we are not robots, that we can make mistakes, while robots make them only if they are malfunctioning. This is especially emphasized in sports, where human eyes can often deceive their owners, the referees most importantly, but also players, coaches and the fans. That is why these days there are many discussions about installing video technology into sports, mostly football. What does technology actually mean for sports?

Here I would like to emphasize that there are already sports using technology, like tennis and cricket, to name some. It helped the referees a lot, to minimize and correct some mistakes they make. But apparently, not all problems are solved like this. Players that have been playing for a longer period of time, and have not grown up with these kinds of technologies, are not convinced that it works properly. This suspicion is probably understandable, because when they were first starting their professional sports careers, they did not probably even dream about something like this would exist. But this technology has been tested time after time, and skeptical players, such as Roger Federer, have learned to live with it and accept it, although probably not so reluctantly.

This technology used in sports is called Hawk-Eye line-calling system, or just Hawk-eye for short. It was invented by a British computer expert Paul Hawkins. It is now used in tennis, where six or more cameras, situated around the court are linked together, track the path of the ball. Then those six or more cameras combine their separate views and make a 3D representation of the path of the ball. For tennis, or basically any other sport, this means that any close line call can be checked, quickly and accurately. This is not always used on tennis tournaments, though. For instance, the French Open is not using this technology because the tournament is played on clay courts and thus the print of the ball on the ground can easily be seen. Maybe this will change one day, because you can’t always be 100% sure you are looking at the right print.

These days there have been a lot of talks about introducing this technology to the sport of football. The sympathizers of this idea have been especially loud after the South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010, where a lot of mistakes by the referees have been made (an Argentina goal allowed although the player was offside, England goal not seen in a crucial moment). However, referees are only human, and they are bound to make mistakes because they can not help it, so i do not think all those critics were fair …

How Technology Lies to You Everyday

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Ever notice the media via TV, laptop, TABs and other digital gadgets is full of negative content? How is the media feeding this negativity to us and how is it lying on a daily basis? Read on to find out.

Consider the following options and justify:

1) Murder/Crime

Murder, kidnapping and ransoming are bold news in the media which scares the death out of us and make us want to think negative about our environment and the world.

2) Theft/Robbery

Theft – trivial or big – does happen. More of it happens in underdeveloped countries. Robberies are equally rampant and sometimes they are thoroughly planned and executed so that it takes times to find out the suspects and culprits behind the action. These are highlighted in the media, making us feel insecure.

3) Bankruptcies

Once in a while bankruptcies do happen and they become hot news in the media, damaging the image and reputation of the banks.

4) Global warming

Global warming is an issue taken up since the late eighties. Chlorofluorocarbons (or CFC’s) from industrial smoke and exhaust fumes from running vehicles on the streets seems to be the cause of the problem by depleting the ozone layer much higher up in the sky, letting in UV rays of the sun to reach us, which is dangerous for us, by warming up the global temperature so that after a specific time, a situation will arise when we will find it difficult to breathe. This is the scenario given to us since the late eighties and covers a lot on the media.

5) Shortage of natural resources

One day the natural resources on this earth will run out and we will face problems, leading us to a slow death. This is also the scenario the media wants to present to us.

6) War

Bombshells, wounded people and dead bodies in war-going countries are shown on media giving us the impression there isn’t any peace in the world.

7) Rape

Rape will always be an issue where slender and beautiful women are concerned. But the media exaggerates a bit more to make juicy stories.

Summing up, none of the news in the media does us any good other than make us think in negative terms. The media is simply lying to us.

There are cases of crimes, murders, robberies and thefts all around the earth. But there is also good happening in the world. For instance, more and more people are getting interested in self-development, bettering themselves and contributing positively to the world.

Bankruptcies do happen but we do not have to fear every time we invest in banks because the governments and the good people out there are willing to help. In most cases, even if they do happen, we will get back what we deserve.

As I said, global warming is an issue since the late eighties. Why worry about it and not concentrate on positive things around us for instance, a mug of Starbucks coffee, a bouquet of …