Wimbledon 2018: just how IBM Watson is serving up the smartest tournament ever

IBM has kicked down preparations because of this year’s Wimbledon 2018 with some awesome IBM Watson solutions.

Using this 12 months’s tournament just weeks away, the business revealed it has called in Watson to aid design the state poster for Wimbledon 2018.

Watson’s visual image recognition API has combed throughout the All-England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) historic archive of pictures to produce a composite of 8,400 items. 

"It's an excellent collaboration for us to utilize artificial cleverness to celebrate such a milestone," IBM’s Sam Seddon said at launch occasion in London today.

The launch coincides with the AELTC's 150th anniversary, and marks a further action foward in relationship between the AELTC, Wimbledon and IBM.

The 2 organisations have been working closely since 1990 to make use of technology to improve both visitor and player experience at Wimbledon in lots of ways.

"Wimbledon is trying to change the perception of its brand name – we have been a private people club that operates a tennis tournament, but we have been also wanting to transition in to a data-driven news organization,” said Alex Willis, mind of communications at AELTC.

"People are judging Wimbledon regarding the experience that they had last week, or event yesterday. Technology plays an extremely important enabling part…increasingly we're recognising the role of AI…in being fully a foundation of that digital experience and strategy."

This past year saw the launch of Fred, an intelligent associate made to assist visitors navigate their means round the grounds, as well as a new AI-assisted method of curating and establishing highlights.

Wimbledon 2018, set to start up on July second, might find improvements on these services, along with the launch of a brand new Facebook Messenger chatbot meaning fans will never miss updates on the favourite players.

"What's so fascinating is the way the applications while the role Watson can play generally seems to expand every year,” Willis told TechRadar professional.

"It’s becoming pervasive throughout whatever we do… It is a great articulation of our efforts to make use of innovation to celebrate our traditions.”

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