Changing the Games: Technology in Tokyo

In fewer than 200 days, millions of people around the world will tune in to witness the gold medal performances, stunning artistry of the Opening Ceremony, and Japanese culture during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

From shoes to robots, the intersection of technology and athletics appears to be a defining discussion for this year’s most anticipated sporting spectacle. 

For instance, World Athletics, the international governing body for running events, recently released new technical limitations on shoes eligible for competition. The measures include a move to defuse certain high-tech shoes, including the Nike prototype worn by Eliud Kipchoge. In 2019, Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours. 

As the Games rapidly approach, athletes must walk the fine line between having the most efficient equipment and venturing into the realm of, as one sport and exercise professor put it, “technological doping.”

On a less controversial note, the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project is an effort to highlight Japanese technological innovation during the Games. Whether retrieving equipment in shotput and javelin events or assisting those watching from accessible seating areas, a strong robot presence is to be expected. 

These robots will also be employed to provide people of all abilities the opportunity “to more freely enjoy the competition.” The initiative will be in effect through the Paralympics Games which will take place in late August. 

To put it in simpler terms: technology is changing the Games in more ways than one.

At OpenEyes, we view technology and integrity as going hand-in-hand. Innovation can affect positive change in the lives of others, like the Tokyo robots, and should constantly be under pressure to make further strides toward accessibility and inclusivity. 

Yet, as with the restrictions on running shoes, automation should be limited in certain cases. For any business, it is critical to put these barriers in place should technology begin to compromise the human aspect necessary for a successful company culture. 

Our company champions a balance between technological innovation and human-to-human collaboration. Although we live in the Digital Age, our business model is centered on communication in an effort to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

OpenEyes is a proud sponsor of the annual TEDxFoggyBottom event, which will be held on April 18, 2020 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. This year, we are excited to announce the OpenEyes Innovation Lab, where participants will have the opportunity to pitch a solution to solve a problem in the DMV area. For more information, please click here

We look forward to celebrating community-based solutions and supporting the gold medalist to develop and implement their project idea.

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