Nine times 12 months is 108. Divided by 18 equals 6. Six high two yields 64. What is behind this calculation, and what it all has to do with Hamburg and the Olympic Games, is explained by Lars Hinrichs in guest article for Hamburg News._
I recently heard Hamburg’s chief planner Jörn Walter holding a flaming speech in favour of Hamburg hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. He was very euphoric and obviously felt proud of his city – something you know otherwise only know from Berlin. I am, too, of the opinion that a city like Hamburg can and should afford such a great thing like the Olympics. What will the Olympics be like in Hamburg in 2024? In these nine years, however, a lot of things will change.
I mainly see three major developments. The first one: every 18 months, the computer speed doubles, and so does the technical development. This can be seen on the iPhone, on computers and across many other areas – a fact even stated by Moore’s Law * of 1965. This rule leads to the following calculation: nine times12 months, divided by 18 equals six, high two yields 64. Thus, the technology of 2024 will be 64 times as fast as today at the same price.
Experiencing Games from Anywhere in the World a
The rapid technological development has been around for quite a while, and so far, people have coped quite well. In regard to digital Olympics, we will have to imagine a world that is, technically speaking, 64 times better than today. Since it cannot compete with today’s standards, you will have to think of such a world conceptually fully new. In 2024, things will be possible unimaginable today. This will lead to the second significant progress: in 2024, we will be able experience the games first hand anywhere in the world!
Today, cameras are still directed at the stadiums. In 2024, people will have, based on the exponential progress of technology, the possibility to enjoy the games anywhere in the world – at giant video screens or in virtual reality – and benefit from a true-to-life atmosphere. Even though the matches will be held in Hamburg, they can be experienced anywhere in the world.
Actively Participating Spectators
The 2024 Games will be fully digital. We will not only be able to watch them at close, but truly join in. Through modern projection technologies, viewers will feel as if they were swimming, running or riding themselves. Already today, you can fight against a T-Rex with your VR glasses or travel to Australia. Quite different things will be possible in nine years. And that would bring along the most authoritative third development: As a spectator, I will be able to directly compete with opponents.
Self-Propelled Cars and Trains
Today, we suffer from road congestion and traffic problems. But as were are moving towards more intelligent vehicles, autonomous driving won’t be a problem anymore in 2024. There will be no longer train drivers nor car drivers, but all vehicles will more around automatically.
The challenges and the innovative impact the Olympics bring along to big cities were witnessed in London, where the city had been revitalised by theGames. I am a big advocate of Olympics in Hamburg, and I am convinced they will happen in Hamburg.
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