In the midst of the NBA Finals, basketball fans are eagerly anticipating the start of Game 4 in Cleveland tonight. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the two teams: which team is playing better, what players are doing the best, etc. But something fans might not know is how both teams are utilizing Artificial Intelligence to make game-changing tactical moves, A start up called Second Spectrum "uses AI and computer vision techniques to extract a trove of data fro video footage of NBA games. With their software, teams can better understand tendencies and probabilities of complex game strategies by running data-driven analysis that takes seconds - work that previously could take months of human analysis." (Wall Street Journal)
"For example, a team defending a LeBron James pick-and-roll may want to know if a defense works better when James's defender goes over the top of a pick, or if the bigger defender should switch onto James - and when to make that choice different conditions."
We have been watching Artificial Intelligence becoming more of a prominent force within a wide array of industries: consumer electronics, support, IT, health, financial, legal, and now it is playing a larger role within sports.
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