Category: Media

If machines could watch football

This article was originally published on the Times of Malta and appeared in the Sunday Times of Malta on 10 March, 2019. The article is being reproduced as it appeared originally.

One out of every two people watched part of the FIFA World Cup last year. Yet in spite of the sport’s popularity, there is no robot that could sit next to you on a weekend afternoon, sip on a cold beer, and contemplate your team’s woes and successes.

When you sit down in front of a television to watch a football match, you understand what you are watching, but there are many nuances that we take for granted. What would it take for a machine to do the same thing?