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AI has been used to create a brand new sport called Speedgate

By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
Apr 16, 2019
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  1. Digital agency AKQA recently commissioned a recurrent neural network to craft an entirely new sport. The Design Week Portland project processed data from over 400 sports around the globe, outputting more than 1,000 concepts. Humans then combed through the candidates to narrow the field down to just 10. From there, three games were field tested with Speedgate emerging as the favorite.

    Speedgate combines elements of soccer, rugby and croquet to create a new game that Creative Director Whitney Jenkins said could never have been created by humans alone.

    The game is played with two teams of six – three forwards and three defenders per side – on a field with three open-ended gates. Players advance the ball by passing or kicking it; critically, you must route it through the center gate first before being eligible to score on an end gate. A standard goal is worth two points but if you have a teammate on the other side of the gate to immediately kick it back through, it’ll be good for three points.

    Speedgate doesn’t permit shoving, elbowing or tackling so it should be relatively safe for players of all ages.

    AI even lent a hand in creating logos for the sport and a clumsy motto: “Face the ball to be the ball to be above the ball.”

    A full list of rules and regulations can be found over on the official Speedgate website should you be interested in learning more or setting up a team.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,178   +856

    I'd really prefer a PUBG for death row inmates on a small island surrounded by sharks.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,669   +2,427

    SalaSSin, arrowflash and Kibaruk like this.
  4. arrowflash

    arrowflash TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +21

    Seems extremely dumb and boring. Has all the markings of a soy-infused Gen-Z sport.

    I'd be more curious to see some of the rejected ideas the AI came up with.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,287   +3,700

    Hmmmmm ..... I'm thinking checkers is looking more and more appealing .........
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,117   +1,595

    I'm with everyone else. Doesn't sound entertaining at all. Guess I'd have to see it in person to make a final judgment.
  7. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 567   +463

    This is how it starts, lol. Distract the dumb apes with games first to make the takover easier.
    sauri, Dosahka and Julio Franco like this.
  8. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 695   +533

    I agree this sound pretty boring, but they are going to "play" it up as the best game ever. Maybe the masses will like it? The speedgate website is really annoying to me. I couldn't get past the forced side scrolling while trying to scroll down.

    "Creative Director Whitney Jenkins said could never have been created by humans alone."

    lol, says a guy who bases his income on a technology that doesn't exist. Nothing intelligent about AI. It's programmed by humans, and we tell it what to think. And yet it's still stupid. :)

    You have to go through a goal to score a goal? Gee, we "never could have created" that... I can't take anything from this guy seriously now.
  9. realestmfever

    realestmfever TS Rookie

    what's wrong with soy and why do people keep invoking it in stuff they don't like?
  10. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Addict Posts: 120   +77

    How come everything done with a computer is called "AI" now? This game does not look an fun either.
  11. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Booster Posts: 127   +94

  12. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 695   +533

    Because it's a new buzz word to stir up money for terms that are decades old.

    AI = Automated ID10T
    Cloud = someone else's computer, hostile internet
    Impudicus and PcePce like this.
  13. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,689   +423

    Probably good on paper, bad in reality.
  14. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,178   +648

    Because they need a straw man to argue against in order to actually 'win' said argument.
  15. Reachable

    Reachable TS Evangelist Posts: 369   +183

    Should have known that all the comments here would be negative.

    I hope it catches on and that young people are brought up playing it.
  16. Duke Sparrow

    Duke Sparrow TS Rookie

    There are many things wrong with soy. For starters, soy contains high levels of goitrogens. Goitrogens impair thyroid function. Soy contains protease inhibitors which interfere with proper digestion of certain proteins. Soy also contains high levels of isoflavines. Isoflavines increase estrogen levels and decrease testosterone levels. For men, this means lower libido, fat accumulation around the waist, loss of stamina, and the development of man boobs. Growing soy crops is also harmful to the environment. Soy monocrops tend to leech all available nutrients from the soil, but they don't give anything back. Almost all soy crops are genetically modified and they soak up pesticides like there's no tomorrow. The fact that Monsanto produces the majority of soy on the market should tell you something important about the crop.
    arrowflash likes this.

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