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Soccer AI Fooled By…A Ref’s Bald Head

Artificial intelligence has made some amazing advances in recent years, but there’s nothing like a bald head to highlight its limitations....
Soccer AI Fooled By…A Ref’s Bald Head
Written by Matt Milano
  • Artificial intelligence has made some amazing advances in recent years, but there’s nothing like a bald head to highlight its limitations.

    A soccer match involving Caledonian Thistle FC from Inverness, Scotland, was using an AI-driven camera to keep track of the ball. Unfortunately for fans, the camera kept panning back to the linesman’s bald head.

    The situation was made worse by COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting any fans from being in the arena. As a result, fans were relying on the televised broadcast to catch the game, and were no doubt disappointed to have a play-by-play view of the referee’s head.

    The following highlight reel shows just how much the AI was fooled, and just how far AI has yet to improve.

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