Artificial Intelligence Comes to Tokyo 2020 - Sponsor Spotlight (ATR) Intel wants developers to come up with the next best use of artificial intelligence at the next Olympic Games. Drones at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics (Intel) "Today, we're inviting the developer community to join us in potentially creating an amazing AI experience for fans and athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by submitting their ideas through the Intel AI Challenge for the Olympic Game," Naveen Rao, corporate vice president and general manager, Artificial Intelligence Product Group, Intel, said in a statement. Intel joined the TOP sponsor program with the IOC last year in a "long term technology" partnership through the 2024 Olympics. During the signing ceremony Intel said it would be working on 5G telecom networks, virtual reality, drones, and artificial intelligence. During the opening and closing ceremonies of the PyeongChang Olympics Intel brought coordinated drone light shows to showcase its technologies.
In the year 2020, Tokyo will essentially be breaking a tech record when they become the very first Olympics to use facial recognition technology in an attempt to improve security. On Tuesday, the organizing committee announced that Tokyo will be utilizing the tech for indentifying officials, athletes, media, and staff at the 2020 Paralympics and Olympics Games. It will, however, not be utilized in the identification of any spectators who attend the events. The utilization of the facial recognition technology is an effort to both increase security and hasten the entrance of authorized individuals. The Japanese IT conglomerate, NEC Corp, is currently developing the system.