Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Floorball in 2113 - ?



 - maybe the most extreme Floorball post, you ever may read -

Do we dare to speculate how Floorball will look like in 100 years?
Yes.
Does anyone else dare to do this - ha ha, maybe not...

First we must learn from History.
They say that about some 100 years ago most people still worked on farms with farming. But they also say (we read that somewhere) that out of these farm jobs 99% of them - well they are now gone to automatic routines and other development (think, the tractor)... As this started to happen folks also transferred en masse over to the production Industry..

Right now it seems like we are on the brink to maybe exhaust cheap labor at the more global level as reports talk about raising wages in the developing parts of the world.. What is cheap labor? Hard question, but cheap labor must only be measured in comparative terms as well as in the proximity to the market. The loss of cheap labor, if this now is occurring  has another interesting feature built in - it will only further drive the increased automation of things and more people will then have much less to do, both in production and service as well as in many other areas of "staying busy"..

Today we have airplanes with autopilots, in a few years or more - all semi-trucks will most likely drive by themselves.. Many drivers, maybe in particular in the US, since so much cargo go by truck, will lose their jobs. Some say that... it is possible in some 70-100 years time to automatically deal with the bulk of all our jobs today. Machines, Gadgets, Robots and Intelligent Computers will take over in areas like driving, service, cleaning, teaching, medical, development etc.. including maybe even in areas of research...

But even if that scenario looks intriguing to Floorball - since many more people will maybe then have much more time to do a lots of Floorball - it probably also scare the heck out of many others, if not all of us..
It could be that humans transfer into areas where machines can not work  - or where human work is much more fun than work machines can do - and do much better - what that is, the work left for humans - well, you mean beyond Floorball - then, we do not know.

It is here the lesson from Ford comes in to as an interesting idea. Henry Ford payed his workers so good that they should be able to buy the car that they made. The problem with a society driven to extreme automation is that hardly no one will work and the machines will instead make most of the money and let's just hope that the machines will not start to become consumers too ;-D.
The most reasonable thing would be probably that all citizens in some way became shareholders or stakeholders in "producing entities". This way they could make money - by some "direct share" from producers to consumers (this already partially exist in coupon system directed direct to consumers and as shareholder dividends etc) - and then the happy citizens may consume all the products/services made by the machines and hepp things should be working again, right? And yes, we would have money to spend on Floorball too.
Here is a problem since this almost describe a socialistic system when we think that capitalism indeed drives the better society. But this also kind of creates a shortcut, to bypass government taxes, and the capitalistic idea to pay consumers well - as Ford did - is still in place, and real consumers will continue to "vote" by using their money. Kind of wild ideas right and hard to grasp. Anyway, it all boils down to a distribution system of the spending power to the consumers - and that something must be in place for any capitalistic system to work. Hmm rather complicated ideas, but the spending power must get out to the consumers in some way or things will not work. This is what Ford figured out and it seems to make sense in most societies - we must have consumers to keep the economy going.
Utopia? Maybe?

But this is not all, how will Floorball look like? Already now there are stories out, describing exoskeletons for soldiers in the US Army for instance, there is also talk about the bionic human and how we can bring computational power or superhumans with superior intelligence, speed and strength to the table. Can they play Floorball too? We do not know, but in principle there are two ways to go A) You play Floorball without superhumans, just like doping is regulated today or B) A new open class of Floorball for enhanced humans will develop?

Our conclusion for Floorball in 100 + year goes like:
- Yes more people will most likely have more time to do classical things like Floorball and the health demands to do this - they will probably promote this much much much more.
- There might be new forms of Floorball played and much more technology involved, artificial refs anyone?
- The last thing we think will happen, is that we will see sports emerge that not only use negative incitements as they are and always have being played - instead we will see sports, inclusive Floorball versions or developments, that instead use positive feedback, instead of negative punishments based upon player actions mainly used - to improve the player experience.

If we are nutz?
Most likely so - but at least we have fun...
If we are wrong - most likely - since most future or fortune tellers are most of the time dead wrong - but who may present a better future, like in a 100 years ahead scenario?

Just askin'.
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!