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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Microsoft’s AI technology allows you to explore ancient Olympic grounds

Those who are unable to visit the Athens Olympic Museum can view the project online.

New cooperation between Microsoft and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport has used artificial intelligence to bring the location of the first Olympics to life.

Visitors to the Athens Olympic Museum’s exhibit “Ancient Olympia: Common Grounds” will be able to walk around the Olympics as they were held more than 2,000 years ago using a Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset.

“Through the use of state-of-the-art technology, the cultural heritage of the Panhellenic sanctuary of Ancient Olympia — as well as the values of Olympism, peace, harmony, excellence, and noble rivalry — becomes accessible to the entire world,” Lina Mendoni, Hellenic Republic Minister of Culture and Sports, said in a statement.

The original Olympic Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera, and the workshop of Phidias, a renowned Greek sculptor, will be among the 27 structures that “guests” to Ancient Olympia will be able to “visit.”

Hundreds of thousands of photographs were taken by the project’s staff using both on-the-ground cameras and drones. Then, using Microsoft AI, photorealistic representations of the places were built.

The sites are brought to life in incredible detail thanks to 3D AI. The buildings in the project were designed in collaboration with experienced archaeologists from the Hellenic Ministry, ensuring that the renderings are as accurate as feasible.

Viewers will also be able to see each site’s history, which will allow them to see how it has changed over time.

“The effort to digitally preserve ancient Olympia is a magnificent achievement in cultural heritage, combining humanity and cutting-edge technology together to benefit the globe and empower future generations with new ways to study our past,” said Brad Smith, president and vice chairman of Microsoft.

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