Mums the Word

Warm sunny afternoons in winter are surreal, while I basked in the sun, my teenager walked in with a very ‘let’s make a deal look’. Bemused, I wondered what the commercials involved would be. With a heavy voice he said, “ Mom! As much as I want to go for the FIFA World Cup this year, it will not be possible because I will be settling into college.”

I was still guessing the direction and the damages of this so-called deal he was going to propose. Meanwhile pulling up a chair he sat in front of me with his arms crossed over his chest. I sensed this was indeed a well deliberated covenant and the scope of wriggling out of it was almost negligible. This knocked out of my blissful reverie, I sat facing the harsh realities of teenage-led transactions. The fine weather did not matter any longer. This winter was going to hit hard.

Coming directly to the point he said, “Since I wouldn’t be able to go to Qatar, I’d like the next best thing, FIFA 22 Hypermotion and in its stead, I shall study well enough to get a full scholarship to the college we have already decided on.” Intrigued, I asked what Hypermotion is.

Standing tall he peered into my eyes and said, “ It is a game Mother!!!”. As I watched him walk away after I negotiated “time to think”, I immediately asked Alexa what Hypermotion was and with a calm voice she replied, “Hypermotion is an AI-based technology. It combines machine learning with 11v11 motion capture…..” I was all ears with enthusiasm especially since it resonated with my work at Magnifi. Hypermotion implied that the player manoeuvres during a match are now more realistic than ever before but on next-gen consoles. The technology provides the best footballing experience ever. Sure that is smart, I thought, but what about it?

Unsatisfied, I began my quest to learn more about it. Let me clarify, it is an understatement that it is a GenNext technology with AI and ML playing superhero roles. EA- for Electronic Arts captures professional players and their in-game idiosyncrasies in real 11 vs 11 game backdrops with each player wearing the uber Xsen suit. It results in an incomparable volume of high-quality real human movement data powered on how both the player and the teams move across FIFA 22. It is beyond fantasy for a soccer buff, I reckoned. The most interesting part is that the ML algorithm is mastered with 8.7 million advanced match capture that is used to create new animations in real-time with candid verismo.

The more I read the more it tickled my curious grey cells so I decided to bring this to my go-to tech person – our AI engineer, Vivek. I dialled his number and bombarded him with a string of questions. Patiently, he explained that it is the latest tactical realism that is powered by the AI algorithm in the newfangled consoles that gave the players a better understanding of the game of football and movement.

The players are empowered with visions of the surroundings and the ability to make six times more decisions per second which helps them tackle better. The rewritten defensive AI was endowed with strategic abilities to move across vacant positions. The ML- Flow machine learning algorithm actually creates new animations in real-time, extending the scope to the players to holster up their posture, stride and momentum for better strikes. It was amazing to learn that it was mastered from the Advanced 11v11 Match Capture based on 8.7 million frames.

The FIFA 22 Hypermotion is enabled with two-player interaction that is synced with player animations, superior responsiveness and ultra-realism during the game with precise outcomes. Apparently, the extended two-touch animations make the ball more real and nimble with great lithe with better strength in shielding situations.

The Xsens suits are equipped with sensors that work with precision in unanimous backdrops that capture full-body motion. Strangely my thoughts wandered to the Ironman Mark Armour, and I wondered if it would make me feel like Pepper Pot in her Rescue Armour. Being enlightened about Hypermotion, I felt cheated for not having been born as Gen Z. However it wouldn’t be a bad idea if I treated myself to the FIFA 22 Hypermotion, after all, mums deserve the best. The setting sun still felt warm and the childlike exuberance demanded an adult-like strong coffee, as I braced for the negotiations I knew were awaiting me at the dinner table.