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THE FUTURE
OF SPORT

Technology is transforming sport at a lightning-fast pace – and it’s accelerating every day. Imagine a world where in-game fitness monitoring becomes the norm in football, or elite tennis players can boost their serve speed by 10% with a super-lightweight racket.

We spoke to an expert, Applied Futurist Tom Cheesewright, who provided insight as to what the future holds for five of the worlds’ most iconic sports. Join us as we track the history of sport and reveal the technology predicted to revolutionise the worlds of football, tennis, F1 and more.

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TOM CHEESEWRIGHT

Applied Futurist

As one of the UK’s leading commentators on tomorrow’s technology, Tom helps individuals and organisations around the globe design futureproof plans in response to change. His foresight has seen him featured on the BBC, ITV and Sky News, as well as publications including The Guardian and The Times.

1972
ROCK N ROLL
BEGINNINGS

The first official video competition recorded takes place in Stanford University, where budding gamers competed using a space combat game imaginatively titled Spacewar. The prize? An annual subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.

2019
IN THE MOOD

The Intel Realsense 3D camera allows developers to build games than can adapt difficulty levels based on the player’s emotions, by scanning 78 different points on a person’s face.

2025
BLURRED REALITY
Tom says:

“Expect to see competitions redesigned for a mixed reality world, where both players and fans will operate in Virtual Reality arenas. Permission of non-drug-based enhancements, such as electrical brain stimulation, could increase focus.”

2050
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
Tom says:

“The line between e-sports and physical sports will blur, with elite e-sport athletes finding they need training regimes on a par with their traditional sport counterparts in order to compete.”