‘You Cannot Be Serious’: IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

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Tennis great John McEnroe, whose catchphrase is "you cannot be serious."

IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform compiling highlights at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in which players display a heightened sense of emotion.

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IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence (AI) platform is analyzing players’ emotions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament to compile highlights in which players display a heightened sense of emotion.

In addition to recognizing emotions, Watson is also analyzing crowd noise, players’ movements, and match data.

IBM’s Sam Seddon says the company is using machine learning to pinpoint scenes after exciting play when athletes show their emotions. “If you’ve got the visual element from the player, and you know that it’s a tight pressure point in the match, then those are the points that you are going to really target in on in the highlights package,” he says.

Watson also is offering a Wimbledon chatbot service via Facebook Messenger, which provides fans with access to customized information on scores, news, and players.

From Reuters
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