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Computers Are Now Creating New Sports



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Forget about William Webb Ellis picking up a soccer ball and running with it to create rugby or James Naismith throwing a ball into fruit baskets to create basketball. Now, our computer overlords are using their 3000+ IQ to develop the ultimate sport. 

Speedgate is the very sport imagined by AI. While some people are terrified about the potential of AI to destroy the world, this new sport demonstrates to the world that this groundbreaking technology can be used in a creative fashion to enhance our lives.

How Did AI Come Up With Speedgate?

A text-generating algorithm very similar to ChatGPT decided to study 400 different sports from all around the world. The AI-powered algorithm came up with 1,000 different ideas that then formed the basis for the new sport. The algorithm was heavily focused on creating a sport that was not only enjoyable but also provided players with a great workout and was easy to access and learn.

To come up with the ultimate logo, the algorithm was then shown 10,000 existing sports logos and then came up with its own unique design while taking inspiration from existing ones. 

The end result was a sport dubbed Speedgate. This brand new sport is best designed as a unique blend of soccer, croquet, and rugby and even has elements from quidditch, yes, the sport Harry Potter played!

How Do You Play Speedgate?

The algorithm did a good job at creating an easy-to-play sport that anyone can pick up in a few minutes. There’s nothing worse than some overcomplicated sport where you need a PhD just to understand the rules. In Speedgate, there are two teams with six players on each side. The goal is simple: all you need to do is kick or pass the ball into the gate at either end of the field. 

You must move the ball every three seconds, you can’t just stand still and stall. This rule is to create action and keep the players running throughout the match. To do so, they need to keep the ball moving every three seconds. Also, you can’t cross a circle in the middle of the field. 

As far as scoring goes, you earn two points by kicking the ball through the gates at either end and three points for ricocheting the ball through the gate. The game is played on a pill-shaped field, and a rugby ball is used, which makes it more challenging to score.

What Is the Future of Sports in the AI Generation?

Speedgate represents the very beginning of AI-powered sports. The sport is still played by humans and looks similar to existing sports like rugby and Gaelic football. Speedgate also required some human input to create. However, the future of athletic endeavors is going to look very different over the next 30 to 50 years.

We wouldn’t be surprised in the future if AI starts independently creating sports and then hosts events where all of the athletes are robots. The days of human athletes may eventually be phased out as AI takes over the entire spectacle. In this reality, you could find some truly bizarre sports. But don’t worry, this reality won’t be around for a very long time.

Another possibility is robot and AI sports, which are infused with human athletes. For example, a sport like Speedgate could be played by human athletes wearing exo skeletons, which gives them the ability to leap 20m in the air and run at speeds that make Usain Bolt look like he’s jogging. 

The use of exo skeletons could open up a whole new frontier of human athletic ability. Humans will no longer be limited by their own bodies. It’ll also make sport much more accessible to those who suffer from physical impairments or disabilities. 

The cool thing about Speedgate is it demonstrates that AI and humans can collaborate to create new experiences. Technology and humans don’t need to be separated, in fact, as technology progresses and we become more familiar with its applications, it’ll start infusing itself in all aspects of our life. Before you know it, we may all be AI-powered cyborgs with photogenic memories and world-class athleticism. We can’t wait to be bouncing around town in shiny new exo skeletons.

Sport Enthusiast, Builder of brands, and proud founder of Machina Sports, dedicated to pioneering the fusion of human athleticism with cutting-edge technology. Committed to creating a global platform and brand that celebrates the excitement and innovation inherent in Machina Sports while engaging a diverse community of enthusiasts and athletes worldwide.


Moonwalkers Are The World’s First AI-Powered Shoes



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Moonwalkers are the brainchild of Shift Robotics, which claims they’re the world’s fastest shoes. However, they’re not exactly shoes. Instead, they’re a wearable device that straps onto virtually any shoe. And just like you’re now standing on 10 wheels, and every step feels like an effortless glide. 

Moonwalkers create the sensation of walking on a travelator that you find at airports. However, unlike Heelys, Moonwalkers require zero skills to use, can handle virtually any terrain, and are designed for adults.

Shift Robotics’ wearable mobility device first came out in 2022, but the company has unveiled a new design. They’ve cut down the number of wheels from 10 to six. Also, after many customers complained about the clunkiness of the device, Shift Robotics has reduced the weight by one pound. However, the Moonwalkers are still pretty heavy, with each device clocking in at just over three pounds.

The new Moonwalkers have a redesigned control system. The shoes are now easier to ease, better equipped to handle tight spaces, and offer enhanced shock absorption. At the moment, Moonwalkers hasn’t made any changes to the price, and a pair will still set you back a hefty $1,400.

Moonwalkers Are Multipurpose

Shift Robotics has specifically designed Moonwalkers to be useful in the workplace or just when you’re strolling around your neighborhood or going about your daily life. The company sees huge potential for wearable devices in warehouses, manufacturing plants, or any workplace where employees are required to walk long distances. 

Shift Robotics wants to create a personal transit revolution. Even though some other companies have tried to launch their own wearable devices, like Segway-Ninebot’s Drift W1 electric skates or the Hoverwheel, nothing has caught on yet. However, Shift Robotics believes Moonwalkers’ simple-to-use design can take them mainstream. The fact that you can learn to use Moonwalkers within a few hours and that they can strap onto any shoe gives them a massive advantage over other wearable devices.

What Can Moonwalkers Do?

After strapping Moonwalkers to your existing shoes, you can walk up to three times faster. You don’t have to change your typical gait at all. Moonwalkers are powered by AI, and as you move, the in-built software will analyze your gait and the terrain and adjust. 

The result is a smooth walking experience where you gently glide around. The experience is akin to walking on a movable sidewalk, similar to what you find at airports. 

With Moonwalkers, you can reach a top speed of 7 miles per hour, and a single charge will last you up to 6.5 miles. The wearable device automatically adjusts to your speed. If you walk slowly, shoes will provide only a small amount of resistance. However, if you start using more force, then the Moonwalkers will strongly kick in, and you’ll reach the 7 miles per hour top speed.

This wearable device fits over virtually all types of shoes, from sneakers to boosts to even sandals. It can also handle different types of terrain, from sidewalks to stairs, and even go off-road on grass and dirt tracks.

Who Are Shift Robotics?

Shift Robotics is an American technology company founded by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute grad Xunjie Zhang. The company is headquartered in Pittsburgh and the goal of the Shift Robotics is to build a future where navigating cities is more enjoyable and where public space is better utilized.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Zhang came up with the idea of enhancing walking after looking at other companies attempting to improve personal mobility via inline skates, skateboards, or bikes. All of these iterations have a steep learning curve and are potentially dangerous. Walking, on the other hand, is a low-risk and healthy way of moving.

To get his idea off the ground, Zhang linked up with a team of shoe designers, engineers, and roboticists. The result was Moonwalkers, which allow you to walk up to three times faster than your typical speed.

Wearable devices are in their infancy and haven’t gone mainstream yet. However, there’s massive potential as people look to reduce strain on their bodies while improving performance. Simple devices like Moonwalkers are just the beginning. In the future, we’ll all likely have an Iron Man-like exoskeleton and be capable of superhuman athletic feats while barely activating our muscles.

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Soccer Coaching App Can Already Perform Many Managerial Roles



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Soccer coaching apps are getting more advanced and may offer a glimpse into the future where your favorite club is managed by a robot! Coachbetter is one of the leading apps on the market and is already being used by top clubs like FSV Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund. 

Coachbetter has moved past being just an app and is much more akin to a digital assistant. Let’s dive into some of the things it can do!

Training Session Planning

Coachbetter features 700+ drills and training activities, which makes it easy for managers to design modern training sessions. Trainers can quickly browse through the different drills and create a session that has a specific goal. 

For example, if a manager wants to improve his players’ long-ball passing abilities, he can use the search function and, within seconds, select five effective drills. With Coachbetter, there’s no turning up to training with no idea what’s going on. Players can open the app and see exactly what the training session will entail and what skills they’re developing.

Game Day Management

Coachbetter will even help managers come up with the right tactics and strategies they need to win. The app will suggest different solutions based on what the opponent is doing on the pitch. 

For example, if the opponent is pressing in the midfield, Coachbetter will suggest using more long passes or simply not passing to the player that is being pressed. Due to the simple presentation of different formations and the helpful guides, setting game-winning tactics with this digital assistant is easy.

The app will also conduct post-game reviews. Managers can quickly identify which players are performing and which players let the team down. By taking a more analytical approach, managers can more effectively identify team issues and solve them before they ruin the season.

Team Management

Developing a cohesive team goal and getting all the players to buy in is now easier than ever, thanks to Coachbetter’s team management function. The app allows managers to share upcoming events, team activities, and game plans. 

Players and managers can communicate through the app. Players will always know what is expected of them and what the team is trying to achieve out on the pitch. The constant reminders will ensure players continue to develop their skills outside of official training, and managers can set homework tasks such as drills or video analysis.

Video Analysis

Coaches can effortlessly upload game and training videos to Coachbetter and then use the app to dissect the footage. Coachbetter can help managers uncover new insights into their team and provide a secure place to store all the footage.

Players and assistants can access all footage and read the manager’s notes at any time by simply opening the Coachbetter app. Coachbetter is also working on adding new features where the app can analyze the game footage and come up with its own analysis.

Data & Performance Insights

Coachbetter can record player data and help coaches keep track of performances, skill development, workload, and injuries. Leveraging this data, coaches can quickly identify areas where players are lacking and require more focus. 

For example, Coachbetter can reveal that a player is fatigued during the second half, and his work rate plummets. To rectify the situation, the coach can schedule a poor, intense fitness regime for the player. 

Coachbetter can also identify areas of the pitch where a player is struggling. For example, the app can show where a striker scores most of his goals and where he misses. The coach can then develop tactics to ensure the striker gets the ball in his ideal zone. 

With Coachbetter, even local clubs with a small budget can get access to helpful statistics. And instead of relying on a manager’s intuition and gut feeling, make data-based decisions.

Legendary Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, way back in 2018 predicted that robots would one day manage soccer clubs. While we’re still a long way away from that reality, digital assistants like Coachbetter are edging us closer. 

Digital managers may be a reality within 20 years, and definitely within 10 years, we’ll see a lot of decisions automated and left to AI to figure out. Instead of screaming at a coach for poor substitution, you’ll have to vent your frustration at a robot instead!

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