Giving Tech A Sporting Chance - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
Commentary
12/28/2006
02:11 PM
50%
50%

Giving Tech A Sporting Chance

Not being much of a sports fan -- sorry, guys -- I've always been a bit bemused by the lengths to which players will go in order to win for their fans, their teams, and (probably most importantly) their prize money or huge salaries. It seems to have gone from such traditionally accepted means as fixing games (as immortalized in countless boxing films) to taking unpleasant medications that will both increase your muscle mass and shorten your life span -- and now, to using technology to gain an ad

Not being much of a sports fan -- sorry, guys -- I've always been a bit bemused by the lengths to which players will go in order to win for their fans, their teams, and (probably most importantly) their prize money or huge salaries. It seems to have gone from such traditionally accepted means as fixing games (as immortalized in countless boxing films) to taking unpleasant medications that will both increase your muscle mass and shorten your life span -- and now, to using technology to gain an advantage over your opponent.For example, even such a presumably intellectual sport as chess has been in the "shouldn'ta done that" news lately -- last month, an Indian chess player was banned Tuesday from competition for 10 years after he was caught using a Bluetooth headset sewn into a cap. The idea was that accomplices would be using a computer at the other end and would clue him in on what move to make.

Not only does that read like a bad Mission Impossible script, but I can't help wondering whether the player in question shouldn't find some other sport to occupy himself with after his ten years is up -- say, marbles. Certainly, I can't imagine that anybody is ever going to be able to watch him wrinkle his forehead over a chess board with anything resembling a straight face.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll