This talk, delivered by Tony Orme and the RTS Thames Valley Creative Technology Centre, provides an overview of machine learning specifically for broadcasters, it’s applications and why it works, and will answer the questions:
“It can be [anything] from a very simple and specific task being replicated in a simple algorithm to an intelligence system that can take complicated decisions,” explained the Digital TV Group’s Yvonne Thomas. “We see a big advantage to using AI and machine learning technologies in... search and discovery. Increasing the reach of content and making it discoverable is absolutely key [for the] monetisation of content.”
Rich Welsh, SVP for innovation at digital technology outfit Deluxe, who chaired the RTS event, said: “[AI] can be used, like any technology, for good or for bad.”
The Programme has been created to drive sector-wide digital transformation, where Accelerators ultimately demonstrate business value through an open R&D approach, reflecting the value of industry of standards and best practices. Through the Accelerators, multicompany teams come together – led by game changing broadcasters, studios, platforms and content owners as ‘Champions’ - to develop solutions to use cases working with expert vendors and solutions providers as project ‘participants’.
Call it a tale of two industries. For the vast global television sector, this is the best of times and the worst of times. This is a golden age of television.
Cinema-quality programmes such as Game of Thrones draw massive audiences. Events such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, broadcast in real time to a global viewership of 1.1 billion, prove the medium’s unique power to bring together truly massive live audiences.
The two architects of the programme – BBC Four channel editor Cassian Harrison and BBC Research & Development’s head of internet research and future services, George Wright – explained how they used artificial intelligence (AI) to create Made By Machine: When AI Met The Archive at an RTS London event in early December.
This followed up on an event in May, when RTS London explored how AI technology could shape TV’s future.