As the race to the start of the London Olympics moves into full speed, the media coverage includes analysis on measuring how contestants perform. A recent Washington Post article, converted into a slide show online here, describes the technologies and equipment used to measure speed, whether on the track or in the water. The discussion is fascinating, but what does measuring performance in sport have to do with how we trust digital information?
The modern Olympics began at a time when measuring the outcome was done by manual means, both to determine the winner (and other places) as well as the time in which the event was completed. But competition continues to always inspire disputes, as to both … Read More