Badu’s Duer, which launched in 2015, has added a new skill to its repertoire. In addition to booking flights and ordering movie tickets, it can now hold its own as a sports announcer.
In conjunction with the Rio Olympics this week, Logan Bradley of SportTechie wrote an informative story about Duer’s new talents.
“Through new, innovative uses of artificial intelligence, Baidu has created a personal assistant which produced machine generated, real-time commentaries for the recently finished Olympic basketball games in Rio,” writes Logan.
“Duer learned to give running commentary by analyzing thousands of hours of NBA basketball games as well as 2012 games from the London Olympics.
The large amounts of data collected over this time tends to serve fans well, said Wu Tian, senior director of Baidu’s Natural Language Processing team. ‘Sports broadcasting usually relies on statistics and analysis of a large volume of data for both matches and players which can be a strength of AI (artificial intelligence) against a human being.’
Another one of the greatly beneficial aspects of Duer is the ability for fans to get questions answered mid-game. If a fan is interested in a specific player, Duer can provide commentary on just that player….
Duer also doesn’t necessarily have to work alone. ‘Duer live broadcasting has been very well received,’ said Tian. ‘It broadcasted the basketball quarterfinals with China’s star commentator, Yang Yi on live TV.’
Tian says that Yang spoke very highly of Duer’s commentary skills, saying that it was quick and knowledgeable along with having a sense of humor to make it more human-like.
In the future, Baidu will focus on applying Duer’s commentary to games that most closely resemble basketball such as volleyball, tennis and ping pong. Tian explained that for more complex sports like gymnastics and diving it may take a different approach.”
Read the SportTechie article here.