Video of ‘Robot Playing Badminton’ Match With Humans Is Al-Generated

This video has been created using Artificial Intelligence to add the robot playing opposite the children.

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A video of a 'robot' engaged in an intense badminton rally with two children is being widely shared on social media.

Those sharing the video have called it the future of sports and "cutting-edge".

An archive of the post can be found here

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot) 

(Archives of similar claims can be found here, here and here.) This video is also viral on YouTube.

What is the truth?: This video has been created using Artificial Intelligence (AI) by a TikTok user by replacing a person playing badminton with a robot.

The actual video shows a badminton rally between a man playing opposite the two children.


How did we find out?: We performed a keyword search on Facebook and found a video that had several similarities to the viral clip.

  • It was uploaded by a page called "Phalore bedmation club" on 21 October 2021.

  • The video showed a man engaged in a badminton rally with the two children.

Here is the link to the Facebook post. 

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot) 

  • Below is a comparison showing the key similarities between the viral and original videos.

The highlighted portions are the key similarities in the viral video and original video. 

(Source: Altered by The Quint

  • Further, we performed a Google reverse image search and came across the viral video on TikTok by an account called MagicalMagicWorld. We accessed the video using a virtual private network (VPN).

  • The video was posted with the hashtag "AI."

An archive of the TikTok video is here

(Source: TikTok/Screenshot) 

  • We found other videos posted by this TikTok user. All these had themes of robots competing with humans in different sports.

  • These videos were also accompanied with the hashtag "AI."

(Links to similar videos created by this TikTok user can be found here, here and here.)

Here are a few examples of the videos created by TikTok user, MagicalMagicWorld. 

(Source: TikTok/Screenshot) 

  • The Quint's WebQoof team had debunked a similar claim of a robot competing with a human at table tennis. The video was digitally altered to add the robot.

Here is a preview of the similar story. 

(Source: The Quint/Screenshot)

Conclusion: The viral video has been AI-generated to add the robot playing against the children and does not show a real match between humans and robots, as claimed.


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