The border between human and machine is becoming increasingly blurry throughout time. By the horizon of 2050, the line will no longer be visible. Humans will embed prosthesis, electronic chips, exoskeletons, or magnets; while machines will carry the knowledge of a whole human brain.
I believe that by then, top athletes will act as an innovation medium for the rest of us; much like Formula1 has been operating for the past 67 years. These super cars have been pushed to the limits of physics, adding advancing technologies each season. Most of these innovations, we find back in passenger cars decades later.
What would a Formula1 athlete look like?
My research focused on marathon runners, considering that (based on, Professor in Anaesthesiology at Mayo clinic, Michael J. Joyner’s research) enhancing their performances is a matter of only three (main) parameters; the VO2max, the lactate threshold and the running economy. The later is proper to each athlete and their ability to handle pain when running, therefore it offers very little room for improvement. However, the remaining could be progressed by improving the breathing system.
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