AKQA, a company who provides digital services and products, claims that they used an AI to create a new sport. This sport is named “Speedgate” — a sport that “pulls the best of rugby, soccer, ultimate frisbee and croquet.”
From Anthony Ha of TechCrunch:
… Creative Director Whitney Jenkins explained that the digital agency wanted to do something “really ambitious” for Design Week Portland, and given the team’s work with Nike (and its general “love of sports or athleticism”), it made sense to ask: “What if we invented the next basketball, the next football?”
To do that, AKQA says it used an existing recurrent neural network architecture, feeding it data about 400 sports, which were then used to generate sports concepts and rules.
Many of those ideas, Jenkins said, were simply not feasible. The AI was good at coming up with descriptions for sports like “underwater parkour,” an exploding Frisbee game and one where players pass a ball back-and-forth while in hot air balloons and on a tightrope. But it took a back-and-forth process with the human team at AKQA to narrow the list down to the final three for playtesting, and then to refine the rules into something people might actually want to play.
How did the AI manage to create rules and even make a logo? Find out at TechCrunch.
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