The first ever Olympic Games site in Greece, Olympia, was recently created using artificial intelligence technology, with the aim of preserving and restoring the site digitally for future generations as it stood in its glory over 2,000 years ago.
The digital project, which will be available for viewing through a website and interactive mobile app or at an exhibition at the Olympic Museum in Athens, was created as part of a new collaboration between the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and Microsoft. This is “in order to allow viewers from around the world to experience Greece’s proud cultural heritage in a unique way and to experience history first hand through augmented reality technology,” said Kyriakos Mitsutrakis, Greek Prime Minister.
As part of the restoration work, Microsoft partnered with technology company Iconem, which specializes in digitizing 3D historical sites, to create the basic model of ancient Olympia. Microsoft then processed hundreds of thousands of images of the site to create accurate models, with the help of expert archaeologists who allowed it to be as faithful as possible to the original.
The project digitally preserves 27 buildings, including the original Olympic Stadium, the gymnasium where the athletes trained and the Temple of Zeus.