The Future

World Dispatch: Playing god with the water

On this episode: How artificial wave technology is shaking up what it means to surf

The Future

The Future

World Dispatch: Playing god with the water

On this episode: How artificial wave technology is shaking up what it means to surf

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I’m really fascinated by professions and hobbies that involve intense, methodical focus. On this episode of the Dispatch, I spoke with Aaron Colton, who wrote about artificial wave technology and how it’s raising questions about perfection in the surfing community. When you try to play god with the water, does the frustrating, thrilling, and ultimately rewarding act of catching a wave lose its soul?

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