Artificial intelligence at the service of sport: A world first made in 06

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At the Nice Sports Museum, on Wednesday, April 13, something special was introduced to the world during the most futuristic conference on a topic at the heart of the sports world.

In the Alpes-Maritimes department, a very ambitious project has been carried out behind the scenes since 2018, with the ultimate goal of spreading smart drones in all sports fields. That’s why its general theme is a conference on AI & Sport and more specifically on how artificial intelligence can positively impact sports performance. With the co-founder of the project and also a world-class tennis player Jo Wilfried Tsongarelated to alice modolofreediving champion accompanying the event with video and Charles Ange Guineahead of department.


In recent years, the world of sports has become more open to technology. It even becomes mandatory in some sports and many athletes seem to have already embraced it in their daily lives, for example, with the appearance of connected bracelets that can process and collect a lot of data to allow for individual performance. athlete.

Drones and artificial intelligence in tennis

What is a champion? It is by trying to give an answer to this question that the old world number 5 developed the idea of ​​drones in sports.

A champion is an outstanding athlete who has the ability to tap into his tough spots as well as push his physical or mental limits to victory. And from that perspective drones seem like the best tools to allow for this, in any case that’s what assures us. Wilfried Tsonga and Thierry Ascione, his trainer. To them, the emergence of artificial intelligence in tennis and more generally in the world of sports is a real boon that will bring a marked improvement in sports performance. Drones will be able to make visible what is impossible to see with the naked eye, thus making it possible to observe and work on the “invisible”. They will also be able to predict external factors such as weather, humidity or wind to ensure the player gets the best possible conditions.

Among other things, drones and AIs will be able to record multiple training sessions with endless potential, meaning that with a single drone it will be possible to simultaneously shoot dozens of terrains from different angles and different viewpoints. To have the best image of the player. What was impossible with simple cameras, this will significantly reduce costs and make this technology accessible to all academies.

However, despite the multitude of functions AIs and drones have, one factor will always and only depend on the athlete and cannot be affected, that is his mind and his mood.

Drones and artificial intelligence in diving

Alice Modolo explains to us that artificial intelligence is also needed under the ocean. The fact that underwater drones, which can currently go to a depth of 100 meters, can accompany divers, provides a better understanding of the sea floor.

Drones will thus be able to guarantee the diver’s safety by avoiding many dangers of the ocean, such as sea currents. Athletes will also be able to observe their own swimming techniques and the techniques of their competitors to improve their physical abilities. It will also be an opportunity to make the scope of the marine world visible to the public and why they are not awakening new professions to make marine sports more attractive.

We will surely learn more about the revival of the sports world within the framework of the WAIFC (World Festival of Artificial Intelligence), which will be held on April 14 and 15. It is not yet clear whether the athletes will be a part of this revolutionary project or whether they will choose to stay away from this new technology.