Super computers could make a difference at Rio 2016 Olympics

Australian’s Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page receive their gold medals at London 2012. Artificial intelligence and machine learning could make the difference where winning margins are just hundredths of a second at Rio 2016. Given the pace of computer technology developments in 4 years, Rio is the first Olympics where computers using the most modern analytics techniques have the capacity to crunch years of athletes data to predict when a star might break down with injury or illness in the lead up to events. Already there are reports of Britain’s rowing team and Brazil’s canoeists turning to analytics at Rio with IBM, SAS and GE among companies offering it. While in Australia the technology is in pilot phase, Microsoft, BizData and The Australian Institute of Sport have taken giant strides…


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