Ancient Olympia to be digitally preserved in a new deal between the Greek government and Microsoft.
The “Ancient Olympia: Common Grounds” is a new collaboration that will use artificial intelligence and augmented reality to restore ancient Olympia, the original home of the Olympic games.
It will allow viewers to explore the area as it stood more than 2,000 years ago via a mobile app, a web-based desktop experience, or through the Microsoft HoloLens 2 exhibition, at the Athens Olympic Museum.
Among the 27 monuments to be preserved are the original Olympic Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera, and the workshop of the renowned sculptor Phidias.
Microsoft recently announced its Microsoft Teams metaverse for meetings and is growing its AI capabilities throughout the organisation to compete with Facebook’s Meta.
Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft 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.”