It is anticipated that the ancient Olympia will be now digitally preserved. Because recently a new deal has been signed between the Greek government and Microsoft. This collaboration might be helpful to restore the original home of the Olympic Games.
It is heard artificial intelligence will be used to map the site. Advanced level augmented reality will also be used to restore this historical place. More than 2,000 years ago, this place was the center of the Olympic games and now viewers can explore the area through their eyes. It is assumed that Microsoft has ambitions to rival Facebook by this project. Recently Facebook has announced to redesign its business strategy by forming the so-called metaverse.
Microsoft team is keen to transform Minecraft and other games. This tech giant is trying to build more immersive 3D worlds. For this reason, this tech company has tied up with the Greek government. Through this agreement, people can tour the site remotely from any place. With an augmented-reality mobile app, it can be used in person. Those who are visiting the Olympic Museum in Athens physically may have the experience to feel a digital version of the site through the smart glasses HoloLens.
Microsoft is now partnering with the technology company Iconem for the Cultural Heritage initiative. Iconem is well-known for its specialty in digitizing historic sites in 3D. The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, “The cultural implications of this technology are endless. For the first time, visitors from around the world can virtually visit the birthplace of democracy, the ancient site of Olympia, and experience history first hand.”
The president of Microsoft Brad Smith said, “The project to digitally preserve Ancient Olympia is a stunning achievement in cultural heritage, bringing together humanity and cutting-edge technology to benefit the world, and empower coming generations with new ways to explore our past.”