How artificial intelligence could change the way we watch sports

Thanks to advances in AI, a computer will be able to tell you that this is a forehand volley from Roger Federer. (Tim Ireland/AP)Computers have already been trained how to write up quick summaries of sporting events after studying the box score, putting the jobs of sports journalists at risk. Now comes the next step: live commentary of professional sporting events as they actually happen, thanks to a combination of machine learning and computer vision. In India, for example, computers are able to provide text-based commentary of cricket matches with 90 percent accuracy. In a recently published paper (“Fine-Grain Annotation of Cricket Videos”), a group of three Indian researchers – Rahul Anand Sharma and C.V. Jawahar, scientists at IIIT Hyderabad, together with Pramod Sankar K, of Xerox Research Center India —…


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