/* ---- Google Analytics Code Below */

Monday, July 29, 2019

AI Enhanced Editing of Sports Coverage

Watched some of the recent Wimbledon, and IBM frequently pointed out that Watson was choosing and editing and delivering the film clips based on measures like human applause.   And then writing copy based on some 20 million clips?     Well it didn't impress me, but I have never been responsible for measuring real time editing of many, many sources of tape.   So it seems it may soon become the standard thing.

IBM’s Wimbledon-watching A.I. is poised to revolutionize sports broadcasts  in DigitalTrends.

Among the most lauded essays ever written about the game of tennis is David Foster Wallace’s 2006 article “Roger Federer as Religious Experience.” Originally appearing in the New York Times, the approximately 6,000-word tribute to one of the world’s most supremely talented players reads, as its title makes clear, more like a divine celebration than a piece of sportswriting.

Wallace (and he was certainly not the first writer to do this) gushed about high-level sporting achievements as though they were more than just superb technique; as if they were, somehow, a transcendent portal to godliness. Ordinary mortals like you and I could comprehend what was happening, but only barely. In order to truly appreciate Federer’s athletic feats, we needed a member of the priesthood — a talented youth player like Wallace had been — who could make it intelligible to us.

Why mention Wallace’s almost decade-and-half old essay on a tech site? Because IBM recently unveiled the latest iteration of its impressive A.I. technology — and it’s learned to appreciate tennis on a whole new level. Well, sort of.   .... " 

No comments: