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How AI Will Help Keep Time at the Tokyo Olympics

WIRED

Timing of Olympic races has not always been sophisticated. On April 10, 1896, some 17 runners competed in the very first Olympic marathon. The course ran approximately 40 km, and of the athletes representing five different nations, it was a Greek water carrier, Spyridon Louis, who eventually emerged victorious, winning in two hours, 58 minutes, and 50 seconds. How do we know this impressive statistic? The very same stopwatch set running by the judge in Marathon at the start of that historic race was then delivered ahead of the runners--by bicycle, no less--to record the momentous time as Louis crossed the finish line in Athens just shy of three hours later.


Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony included a light display with 1,800 drones

Engadget

There may not have been any fans in the Olympic Stadium, but Japan still found a way to put on a show for the opening of the 2020 Summer Games. The host country charmed early with the parade of nations, which featured an orchestrated video game soundtrack, and then showed off the type of creativity it's known for with a performance involving the Olympic pictograms. But Tokyo saved the biggest spectacle for last. Towards the end of the ceremony, a fleet of 1,824 drones took to the skies above the Olympic Stadium. Initially arrayed in the symbol of the 2020 Games, they then took on the shape of the Earth before a rendition of John Lenon's "Imagine," which was reworked by Hans Zimmer for the Olympics, played across the stadium.


Amazon's Alexa can now answer questions about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The moment that sports fans around the world have been waiting for is almost here, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally kicking off today. With over 200 countries and regions competing across 33 sports and 46 disciplines, it can be hard to keep up with all the latest news. Thankfully, Amazon has your back, and has equipped its smart assistant, Alexa, with facts to give users quick and easy access to the latest news and successes throughout the games. 'Alexa, what's Team GB's Olympics update?' 'Alexa, what's Team Ireland's Olympics update?' 'Alexa, which country has the most gold meals?' 'Alexa, who is the athlete of the day?' Users of Alexa-enabled devices can ask the smart assistant a range of questions, including'Alexa, which country has the most gold medals?', and receive answers almost immediately. Amazon explained: 'Following the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday 23rd July, Alexa will give customers the low down on Team GB, Team Ireland, ParalympicsGB and Paralympics Ireland athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games this year.


Technology Play at Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Express Computer

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The global pandemic has created havoc around the world. But the world has to move on and the show must go on with all the precautions. Tokyo Olympics 2020 is finally happening in 2021, with a grand opening ceremony on this Friday, 23rd July. Under these circumstances, there are undoubtedly many thoughts and opinions surrounding the event. While actual sporting games are played at various arenas of Olympic stadiums, technology is playing a leading role, making Tokyo 2020 the most innovative Olympic Games in the history.


Paralympian Elizabeth Marks headed to second Games, far exceeding initial goal to be just 'fit for duty'

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Elizabeth Marks just wanted to prove she was fit for duty. She started swimming as a way to get back in shape and qualify for active duty again when a friend suggested she compete in the Warrior Games, a sport event for wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans. "I was just trying to be found fit for duty, and I couldn't run, so I took up swimming as a second form of cardio, and there was a gentleman there who encouraged me to try out for Warrior Games," Marks told Fox News.


Meet the army of robots that will help run the Tokyo Games

The Independent - Tech

The Olympic Games may be taking place a year late because of the pandemic, but it will still be a chance for host nation Japan to show off its world-class robotics technology. And despite spectators being kept away from the events by Covid restrictions, there will still be a string of robotic participants to help run the Tokyo Games. Japanese automaker Toyota has developed a suite of robots that will be deployed at the Games, but which are designed to show off their wider everyday applications. "The Tokyo 2020 Games are a unique opportunity for us to display Japanese robot technology," said Hirohisa Hirukawa, who is the leader of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project. "This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots, but showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people.


Humongous flying taxi drone set to debut at the 2024 Olympics

Mashable

The VoloCity eVTOL is an 18-rotor passenger drone developed by Volocopter. The two-seater completed its latest test flight in France and is set to be used as an air taxi at the Paris Olympics Games in 2024.


Speedo's intelligent swimsuit could let swimmers go 4% faster by 2040

Daily Mail - Science & tech

From Michael Phelps to Rebecca Adlington, the world's top swimmers are known for their streamlined movements through the water. But elite swimmers could soon go even faster, thanks to Speedo's latest innovation. Speedo has unveiled the Fastskin 4.0 – a concept it's describing as the'most intelligent swimsuit of all time.' The swimsuit has a number of futuristic innovations, including energy-harvesting fabric and a built-in AI Coach, which Speedo claims could allow swimmers to go up to four per cent faster by 2040. Such improvements could see the men's 50 metre freestyle record finally break the 20-second barrier, and see the women's 100 metre breaststroke time finally fall below 60 seconds.


Artificial Intelligence: The Secret Sauce To Good Governance

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Artificial Intelligence has the potential to improve governance in terms of accountability, citizen engagement and interoperability. The Indian government has been cottoning on to the benefits of AI since the turn of the last decade. In 2020, the Centre increased the outlay for Digital India to $477 million to boost AI, IoT, big data, cybersecurity, machine learning and robotics. In the 2019 Union Budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government would offer industry-relevant skill training for 10 million youth in India in AI, Big Data and robotics. However, there is still a lot of scope for not only the Indian government.


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The streets of Shougang Industrial Park in Beijing, an area formerly home to steel production and now one of the venues for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics, are still dominated by cooling towers and steel mills. Yet chances are visitors' attention is caught by the self-driving vehicles--buses, robotaxis, and delivery machines--riding across the area. One company with a major presence in the park is Baidu, the Chinese tech giant that, to the West, is still mostly known as the creator of China's answer to Google. Baidu is, however, becoming a leading player in autonomous driving technology since the establishment of its self-driving unit Apollo in 2017. In Shougang, Baidu runs a free self-driving bus service named Apolong, and a paid fully autonomous ride-hailing service called Apollo Go, which was just introduced at the beginning of May.