DeepMind and Liverpool FC develop AI to advise on football tactics

Corner kicks, like this one taken by Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool, can lead to goal-scoring opportunities Robbie Jay Barratt/ AMA/Getty An artificial intelligence model can predict the outcome of corner kicks in football matches and help coaches design tactics that increase or decrease the probability of a player taking a shot at goal. Petar Veličković … Read more

Formula E unveils racing car made from electronic waste

British Formula E racing team, Envision Racing's Recover-e car, made entirely out of electronic waste

British Formula E racing team Envision Racing has created the Recover-e car from electronic waste Envision Racing A racing car made from electronic waste has been unveiled by British Formula E racing team Envision Racing. The drivable car, named Recover-e, was unveiled at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London ahead of the city’s e-prix race … Read more

AI that spots basketball players’ weaknesses could help underdogs win

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket

Analytics is widely used in basketball to inform team tactics G Fiume/Getty Images An artificial intelligence can quickly assess basketball game data and extract information about the habits, strengths and weaknesses of players, which could prove valuable for coaches, particularly from smaller teams. Alejandro Rodríguez Pascual at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his colleagues … Read more

Watch a robot playing table tennis after just 90 minutes of training

By Chris Stokel-Walker A table tennis-playing robot can keep up a rally against humans, but like many amateur players, it struggles when attempting fancier shots. Yapeng Gao, Jonas Tebbe and Andreas Zell at the University of Tübingen in Germany began by designing a computer simulation in which a virtual robot arm equipped with a table tennis racket … Read more