The artificial intelligence scanned thousands of hours of golf footage to find the highlights for sports analysts and fans

During a golf tournament, a lot of effort goes into capturing the player’s performances from every angle, though it’s difficult for anyone to analyze all of this footage in a reasonable amount of time. So IBM brought in its artificial intelligence Watson to scan thousands of hours of video and create highlight reels.

Watson observed 90 golfers, who had played on multiple holes and been recorded from numerous camera angles, over four days. To make the process easier for Watson, IBM Research and IBM iX developed an application called Cognitive Highlights, which auto-curates by identifying specific actions in video streams, such as a player celebrating or starting a swing. The program could make it easier for fans to search specific highlights of a player in the future.

Watson made its first highlights reels at the 2017 Masters golf tournament in April.

IBM Watson Sports Highlights

During a golf tournament, a lot of effort goes into capturing the player’s performances from every angle, though it’s difficult for anyone to analyze all of this footage in a reasonable amount of time. So IBM brought in its artificial intelligence Watson to scan thousands of hours of video and create highlight reels.

Watson observed 90 golfers, who had played on multiple holes and been recorded from numerous camera angles, over four days. To make the process easier for Watson, IBM Research and IBM iX developed an application called Cognitive Highlights, which auto-curates by identifying specific actions in video streams, such as a player celebrating or starting a swing. The program could make it easier for fans to search specific highlights of a player in the future.