AI to replace sports coaches

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“If an AI were fed videos of a huge number of past NBA games, and were smart enough to understand the events occurring in the games, then it could do a better job at making tactical basketball decisions like choosing starting lineups,” said Ben Goertzel, a prominent futurist and lead researcher in the OpenCog AI lab at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University.

“As AIs with robust video understanding become widespread, I’d expect that we could see AI sports assistants start to play a serious role,” he said.

Within five years, he expects the video coordinator position Spoelstra had “could be mostly done by AIs.”

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