Technology related to artificial intelligences is getting ever smarter and we are seeing its power in an increasing number of areas of our lives. Two of the key capabilities of an artificial intelligence are the ability to understand speech (called Natural Language Processing, or NLP) and detect images; abilities that are developed using Machine Learning algorithms. These concepts are important to bear in mind and will be referred to throughout this post.
One of the key names in this field is Watson, IBM’s “AI platform for professionals”. In a short space of time, this platform has provided services for some major sporting events, including the US Open tennis and the recent golf Masters. One of the advantages of watching sporting events on TV is that you can see highlights and replays of the action. Watson was used to select which highlights should be shown and did so by combining audio cues such as cheers as well as detecting fist pumps and other celebrations. Similar image detection was recently employed by the AI at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Prior to the awards show, Watson analyzed close to 125,000 photos as well as hours of video from the red carpet. It then used facial recognition to create online content featuring the best shots, and was even able to detect the stars’ emotions to help inform its decisions.
We can find another application of AI elsewhere in the world of movies. For many films, the trailer is a crucial factor in determining the excitement around its release in cinemas. The difficulty is in selecting the right clips from the film to put in the trailer. For the 2016 horror film “Morgan”, creators employed (no surprises here) IBM’s Watson to help create the perfect trailer. The AI was trained using 100 horror movie trailers and was then fed the full version of Morgan. From this, it chose the scenes with most action and even detected the sentiment of each one. To put the final trailer together, a human touch was still needed, but nonetheless, it is an exciting prospect for the future.