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Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust


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Olympic boxing.

Two officials were removed after being questioned by the artificial intelligence-based automated voice analysis system.

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The International Boxing Association (AIBA) used an artificial intelligence (AI) system to evaluate judges and referees before clearing them for the current men's world championships, and to restore its credibility following claims of corruption.

AIBA's Richard McLaren said the automated voice analysis system "measures the cognitive functions of the brain in the verbal responses," and assigns judges low-, medium-, or high-risk grades.

McLaren said the AI project "clearly identifies problems" if employed in a broader series of pre-competition vetting, follow-up interviews, and "a human assessment" of officials' suitability.

He suggested the AI system could help AIBA "to put their house in order," and could be used by other Olympic sports that rely on judges to determine event outcomes.

From Associated Press
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