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Technological Adoption

The Big Idea for Sunday, February 05, 2012

Today's Super Bowl may seem like a high-tech affair, but the game itself is stuck in the Stone Age in terms of the way it is officiated. This Big Think perspective argues that professional sports should embrace instant replay and other technologies in order to create more accurate outcomes. 

In the broader sense, the game of life can be made more fair if we are able to adopt technologies and more quickly integrate them into our society and our system of law. Just imagine, for instance, a traffic cop tossing away his radar gun and using the naked eye to catch people speeding. 

On the other hand, prosecutors worry that society today has an unrealistic view of technology and argue that no forensic team in real life can be held to the same standards as their fictional counterparts on TV. 


  1. 1 You Cannot Be Serious: Bring Sports Into The 21st Century
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 This Is Your Brain On Sports
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  3. 3 Sports, Politics, Tribe, Violence, and the Social Human Animal's Drive to Survive
    David Ropeik Risk: Reason and Reality
  4. 4 A Brief Argument for the Elimination of Professional Sports
    David Berreby Mind Matters

Technological Adoption

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