Robots in the Outfield

June 16, 2016, 5:00 amProfessional sports are now imitating the real world of disappearing jobs. Did you hear that the Pittsburgh Steelers are using robots? Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin calls a robotic tackling dummy that can simulate an NFL running back “an awesome piece of technology.” In Major League Baseball everything on the playing field from where the fielders position themselves to the batting order is dictated by algorithms and computers. The Major League Baseball manager’s days as a strategist are over, as his primary function has been shrunk to motivating the players. I didn’t exactly begin working in professional sports in the dark ages, but I never would have predicted, nor did I hear anyone else predict, that professional athletics, an occupation based solely on world class physicality,…


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