Since bionics already exist in the real world, it makes perfect sense to create a host of games around them. Because it’s just as necessary as hotdog-eating competitions.
Called the Cybathlon, the Olympics for bionic athletes is slated to take place in the welcoming neutrality of Switzerland, hosted by the Swiss National Competence Center of Research in 2016.
This high-tech sporting event will take human abilities to the edge and beyond, as it’s an area where tech assistive devices are not only allowed, they’re also encouraged. That means to say the entire event will look like a scene straight out of a seriously cool sci-fi movie.
Aside from the usual mechanical appendages like bionic body parts and exoskeletons on show, you can expect a show of mental prowess as well in the form of a brain-computer interface race, during which paralysed participants control avatars in racing games. Yes, just like Avatar.
As for how the credit is divided, there will be two medals for each competition, one for the person competing and another for the company behind the assistive device he used. Fair play.
We can’t wait for this to happen; might just be the first Olympics we watch in its entirety.