Prescription of exercises by artificial intelligence: is this the end of physical education?

Braulio Nogueira de Oliveira Alex Branco Fraga About the authors

ABSTRACT

This essay deals with fitness applications which, autonomously, prescribe physical exercise and some possible repercussions for Physical Education, approaching what we call “protocolization of body practices”. Considering the characteristics of the technology in question, we have listed three points of reflexion for Physical Education professionals: to not restrict the subject to variables, to not subordinate to pre-established standards, and, finally, to recognize the importance of social interaction. Therefore, the machine is responsible for articulating a set of variables whereas the professionals are responsible for developing eminently ‘human’ skills.

Keywords:
Physical education and training; Artificial intelligence; Exercise; Internet

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