Singularity in Basketball?
Team owner Paul Allen and Mark Grieves, Vulcan's director of knowledge systems, have published an article in Technology Review disputing the argument
of Raymond Kurzweil that "the Singularity," which, as I understand it, is the point where computers become smarter than humans, is only 35 or so years away. According to some
, the Singularity would result in humanity being "completely and irreversibly transformed." All of the knowledge currently confined to our brains could be transferred to computers, resulting in some kind of everlasting digital existence, or something. Allen and Grieve' rebuttal arguing that the Singularity is a long, long ways off is an interesting read and one that the layperson (I'm including myself in that description) should be able to grasp.
Here's my question to you: what impact would the Singularity have on basketball? Do you think there will ever be a point where general managers and coaches are replaced by artificial intelligence? NBA teams, at least the smart ones, are already using analytics to help shape decisions, specifically when it comes to personnel, but will there be a time when AI is the decision? Could a computer coach in real-time? Would you even be interested in watching HAL 9000
call out plays? Could a computer motivate human players? And would there still be a reason go on message boards and blogs calling out coaches and front office staff on their decisions if computers were calling the shots? I have my doubts.
One thing I do know after seeing the commercial for Real Steel
about 100 times is that I have no interest in watching machines replacing human athletes when it comes to sports. Sport will always be left to those of us comprised of flesh and blood, at least until our cyborg overlords say otherwise.