is cheating a central part of sport? asks the BBC.
Absolutely. Although it pains the aesthetes, Rules and human interactions are interpreted. The resulting gray mess leaves the door open for cheaters.
We need to funnel the activity of cheaters towards societally beneficial ends. How much engineering knowledge came from F1 racing teams trying to push the limits? We should engineer other sports to have the same incentive structure, making teams willing to fund R&D.
Why let cheating happen in an uncontrolled fashion? We should at least try to channel it toward something we view as useful.