Robots

Robot judges are coming to gymnastics

Judge, Simone Biles of the USA awards
Gymnast Simone Biles judges the Superstars of Gymnastics. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Controversy over video assistant referee technology (VAR) has engulfed seemingly every sport. Now, it's coming to gymnastics.

Driving the news: The International Gymnastics Federation recently approved the use of VAR in international competition — "a decision that could ultimately shift control over the sport's judging from humans to robots," writes the Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky.

Humans need to take charge of their robots

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

In 2013, two young Oxford University researchers ignited a provocative debate with a landmark forecast that 47% of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to automation. Since then, experts around the world have relentlessly argued whether the new age of robots will wipe out whole classes of jobs, or create a unique time of machine-human partnership.

Driving the news: Though few appear to have taken notice, leading researchers have reached important conclusions.