Today, the technological landscape is expanding by all leaps and bounds, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains in the thick of it.
A technology that is one for the present and the future, AI is playing a huge role in fundamentally shaping businesses.
From healthcare and entertainment to commerce and sports, artificial intelligence is changing every industrial sector for good. Here’s how artificial intelligence will change the game world.
Games and artificial intelligence
Talking about the sports industry itself, the presence of AI can be seen in almost every major league around the world today.
From the NHL and NFL to NASCAR and the NBA, AI has changed the way we think about the sports world today. Take for example only Northern Sports. The industry crossed the staggering $73.5 billion mark by the end of 2019.
OK – so, has broken into the sporting system – and there’s a problem for the sport. But we’ll be back on track! And, if you want to learn more about how AI has affected the sports world, here’s a compiled, exhaustive list.
It is fun and interesting to understand how artificial intelligence will shape or change the sports ecosystem around the world.
1. Enhancing Recruitment Analysis
Be it football, basketball, baseball or any other sport, age has been a factor in determining whether a particular player will be successful in the club or not. Performance data is analyzed not only to recruit players but also to determine a player’s mid-season impact.
Now that these performance data is not as accurate and has many flaws, the integration of AI into the process is making it more reliable and easier. The AI can now analyze all the historical data about a particular player to conclude whether a player will have an impact on the club. It also helps determine what the player’s market value should be in the transfer window.
2. AI Using Deep Learning in NASCAR
Nascar is one of the world famous sports which is watched by millions of people in America alone. However, there is a dark side to this game as well. Since 1950, NASCAR has recorded an average of more than one death annually. Therefore AI has an important role to play in combating this problem.
With the help of deep learning, artificial intelligence is using neural networks that can identify faults or problems in a car long before the driver is at risk. Car AI is a technology that has been trained on a dataset to identify over a thousand images of cars in multiple situations and could be a boon to the world of NASCAR by ensuring that drivers are safe.
3. The Rise of Automated Journalism
Automated journalism is now becoming a reality in the world of sports. Thanks to AI, an affiliated press like Minor League Baseball (MILB) is now expanding its reach in journalism.
With the help of a platform called WordSmith, which uses statistics and data to come up with narratives using natural language, the press is now able to cover 13 leagues and more than 140 teams affiliated with MLB.
The “sporty” platform has significantly increased the number of stories the press is now able to cover. According to one report, this increase is about 12 times higher than the manual reporting methods of the press. Today, MiLB has covered over 1500 such stories with the help of Wordsmith and AI. If you are a sports fan, like we all are – give it a try.
4. Role of AI in Coaching
AI is not only changing the way we play and cover games, but it is also changing the way players are trained to play on the pitch. Coaches have now started using AI to analyze areas where a particular player or the entire team lags.
With the help of artificial intelligence, coaches around the world can now analyze their weaknesses as well. This has drastically changed the way we think about traditional coaching methods. Today, there is the least chance of any issue with a coach ignoring a team’s style of play.
5. Optimizing the fan experience
Keeping fans happy is one of the most important things for a league or club, and now with the help of AI, the fans experience is bound to get better. Various teams from different leagues around the world have started using AI-based chatbots to answer questions from fans.
Similarly, artificial intelligence is being integrated to create algorithms that can customize match highlights into different forms and lengths as per the preferences of the user.
The game world offers ample opportunities for technology to expand its horizons.