Speedgate: When Artificial Intelligence Creates an Original Sport


After creating everything from art and perfume to drugs and cookies, artificial intelligence successfully created a new sport called Speedgate / Photo by: hbieser via Pixabay


After creating everything from art and perfume to drugs and cookies, artificial intelligence has successfully created a new sport.

With the use of AI technology, digital agency AKQA trained text- and image-producing networks on over 400 global sports that led it to create a unique pastime, Geek.com reports. The company also employed the use of Nvidia Tesla GPUs, which helped models generate more than 1,000 outputs

These outputs were then analyzed and the digital agency narrowed them down to 10 possible concepts. Among them, only three were field tested and one survived: Speedgate.

Coming up with its official logo also saw the training of networks on 10,400 logos, along with its official motto: "Face the ball to be the ball to be above the ball.”

This new sport is a mixture of rugby, soccer, croquet, football, and field hockey, which is "fun, fast, and physical, relying heavily on teamwork and passing to score and win,” according to the Speedgate website.

The game's rules are simple enough to understand: Players are divided into two teams of six and they will attempt to kick or pass the ball through a gate positioned at the ends of the field.

However, Geek.com adds, the players have to keep the ball moving as they only have three seconds to keep them in possession before they have to pass it to their teammate. Players are also not allowed to cross a circle found in the middle of the field (doing so would lead to a foul).

Teams would earn two points by kicking the ball through the gates at either end or three points if they manage to ricochet the ball after clearing it the first time. The full set of rules and instructions on how to make a league can be found on the sport's website.

“Using AI as a member of a creative team takes us to a new place that we never could have gotten to without it,” AKQA Creative Director Whitney Jenkins said in a statement.

Speedgate was demonstrated at a Portland event last week and the digital agency is said to be in talks with the Oregon Sports Authority to launch an intramural league this coming summer.