Oregon State Beavers Football: Beavers helping U.S. Military with A.I. research
The Oregon State Beavers probably won’t contend for a national title in 2011 – but they may still accomplish more for their country than any other college football team.
The United States Department of Defense is reportedly working with the Beavers on an artificial intelligence research project.
The study will deploy computers to watch video of Oregon State’s football plays and “learn” from them. It will then apply the principles learned to help provide expertise in other situations where may bodies are moving in an organized way in a short period of time, like a battlefield or an airstrip.
“The idea is for a computer to observe a complex operation, learn how to do it, and then optimize those operations or accomplish other related tasks,” Science Daily reported.
The technology uses computer vision, machine learning and automated planning to analyze the video and suggest more productive solutions.
Understandably, most of the excitement in the news relates to potential future applications of the study, such as monitoring busy airports and hospitals or helping soldiers at war.
But, Beavers fans, isn’t there another short-term application we’re seriously missing here? Playcalling!
I want to know what kind of offensive and defensive schemes these computers can dream up. I suppose doing so could render co-ordinators obsolete and lend to cheating accusations.
But, hey, life is tough in the Pac-12 against Oregon and Stanford. Couldn’t the Beavers use a helping hand?
Here’s hoping they become the guinea pig for robo-playbooks.