Organizers unveil strategy for using AI at the 2024 Paris Olympics – NBC 6 South Florida

Olympic organizers on Friday unveiled their plans to use artificial intelligence in sport, joining the global rush to capitalize on the rapidly advancing technology.

The International Olympic Committee outlined its agenda to take advantage of AI. Officials said it could be used to identify promising athletes, personalize training methods and make competitions fairer by improving judging.

“Today we are taking a new step to safeguard the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and the relevance of sport. To do this we must be leaders of change,” IOC President Thomas Bach said at a press event in the velodrome of the former Olympic Park in London, site of the 2012 Summer Games.

“We are committed to harnessing the enormous potential of AI in a responsible manner,” said Bach.

The IOC has unveiled its AI strategy as it prepares for the Paris Olympics, which start in just under 100 days.

The IOC’s AI plans also include using the technology to protect athletes from online harassment and help broadcasters improve the viewing experience for people watching at home. The IOC makes billions of dollars from selling broadcast rights to the games. .

Local organizers of the Paris Games have already sparked controversy with their plans to use artificial intelligence for security, with a video surveillance system that includes AI-powered cameras to flag potential security risks such as abandoned packages or crowds.

Skier Lindsey Vonn said she was jealous of the AI-powered tools that weren’t available when she started.

Vonn said she used to make longhand notes in her performance journal about how different skis, boots and the temperature affected her performance. Nowadays, tablets are used to instantly collect much more data and provide a side-by-side video comparison of the best racing line. AI can supercharge those analytical tools, she said.

“It doesn’t replace athletes, it doesn’t replace coaching. But I think it’s just a tool that can be used in a positive way to perform better,” Vonn said.

The IOC is working with Intel to scout potential athletes in overlooked places. The tech company took its equipment to Senegal, where they visited five villages and analyzed the athletic ability of a thousand children, measuring how high they could jump and how quickly they could react.

Using AI to analyze the results, “we found 40 that are really promising,” said Christoph Schell, Intel’s chief commercial officer.

The shortlisted children’s results were then put through an algorithm that recommended which sports they would be good at, he said.