Last week we talked about England’s World Cup chances, as predicted by AI.

This week it’s the turn of the nation’s second favourite sporting event.

IBM has announced that its flagship AI, Watson, has been trained to watch the upcoming tennis matches and create highlight reels from a series of cues.

The AI will compile moments from matches where it thinks the likes of Andy Murray and Federer look particularly ecstatic or disappointed, paired with the volume of reaction from the crowd.

Combining these cues, the company hopes that instantaneous highlight reels could be created.

The company’s Watson AI technology will also be put to use in powering a Wimbledon chatbot service which soon should be available in Facebook Messenger.

The ‘other’ World Cup

If you’re tired of hearing about the World Cup and its overpaid footballers, then this might be more up your street.

The RoboCup is exactly what you’d expect; a football world cup for AI-powered robots.

The cup, which began in 1996 is designed to promote robotic innovation, and was created by Dr. Manuela Veloso, who now heads up A.I. at J.P. Morgan.

This year’s matches, held in Montreal, are a long way from the spectacle of Russia 2018. But, as you’ll see in the video, there are more dives in one game than in every human match we’ll see this year.

AI gives traffic the green light

This new research will be a sigh of relief for anyone who finds themselves stuck at yet another red light in the blistering heat.

A new research paper suggests that traffic lights and congestion might one day be a thing of the past thanks to a super-powered AI traffic controller.

In the paper, researchers imagine a future in which self-driving cars intelligently weave past each other at intersections, effectively removing the need to wait your turn.

There are, of course, a few hurdles to clear before we can all maintain a steady 70mph from A to B.

The most surprising might be the issue of data privacy, as this super traffic controller would need to know where you were heading to send you through this maze of cars unharmed.

Japan to use ‘predictive policing’ at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Of all the amazing technology featured in the Tom Cruise’s futuristic flick Minority Report, few of us could have guessed that the crime-predicting ‘pre-cogs’ would be one of the first to appear in reality.

In the film, the police work with people who can predict the future, and nick bad guys before they even get a chance to carry out a crime.


The Japanese government is aiming to employ similar technology by swapping out the strange and gifted humans for artificial intelligence.

The Japan Times reports that the AI will use criminology, mathematics, statistics, geographical conditions and even information gleaned from social media to do the predicting.

Taking another leaf from the film, the country also plans to have driverless cars on Tokyo’s roads in time for the Olympics too.

AI finally beats the globe at one of its favourite games

You might not have heard of DOTA2, but it’s possibly the world’s favourite online game. The multiplayer battle arena hit is often being player by over a million people at a time.

The game is so popular that its best players often compete professionally, earning more than some regular athletes.

But now, those millions of hours of gameplay are being used against its human players.

OpenAI, co-founded by tech rock star Elon Musk, has trained its AI on the moves of its existing players, and just beat a leading human team.

The AI plays around 180 years' worth of games every day against itself, with a winner-stays-on approach that makes it near impossible to beat.

If you’re wondering why OpenAI have focussed their efforts on a game, if might have something to do with te $15 million prize for the winners of DOTA 2 competition ‘The International’ (yes, you read that right).