Watch: AI camera mistakes referee's bald head for football, ruins math coverage in Scotland

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Technology not foolproof: In a bizarre incident during a football match in Scotland, an AI camera marred the viewing experience as it kept focusing on the linesman's bald head, mistaking it for the match ball.

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AI camera ruins viewing experience by focussing on linesman's bad head instead of footballAI cameras were deployed instead of manual camera persons by a Scottish clubThe video of the hilarious goof-up is going viral on social media

Technology in sport has been a blessing. With modern technology, including Artificial Intelligence, being incorporated, sports coverage has certainly gone a notch higher in the recent past. However, such innovations are always not fool-proof.

In a bizarre incident during a football match in Scotland, an AI camera employed to capture the proceedings kept focussing on a referee's bald head, mistaking it for the match ball. The live coverage of the match between Caledonian Thistle and Ayr United hosted in Inverness in the Caledonian Stadium in the Longman area of Scotland was hampered as the AI camera focussed more on the referee's head than on the ball.

The video of the AI camera missing the match ball even when the proceedings shifted from end to end has gone viral on social media, leaving people in splits. The commentators repeatedly apologised to the viewers for the embarrassing goof-up even as they missed most of the action.

Everything is terrible. Here's a football match last weekend that was ruined after the AI cameraman kept mistaking the linesman's bald head for a football.https://t.co/BsoQFqEHu0 pic.twitter.com/GC9z9L8wHf

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) October 29, 2020

It was the Inverness club's decision to use AI cameras and do away with camera operators as the side was taking precautions in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The club had said earlier that they have employed a new AI technology, 'Pixellot system uses cameras with in-built, AI, ball-tracking technology'.

The AI camera company had assured fans that the gaffe won't be repeated as the football match ended in a 1-1 draw. Fans took to social media to question the camera company about the hilarious goof-up that marred the viewer experience.

"We are aware of the issue with linesman and we are already working on improving this for the next game. We hope that this will not happen again and that your viewing experience will be better. Thank you," the company said in a statement.

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