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One Thousand Robots Face Off In a Soccer Tournament

The roboticists behind RoboCup want their team of bots to beat the World Cup champions on a level playing field by 2050

Robot domination is probably not that far away. Every day they’re getting smarter, faster and stronger. And for one set of robot designers, they have a goal that requires all three. The roboticists behind RoboCup want their team of bots to beat the World Cup champions on a level playing field by 2050.

They’re not there yet, but this year more than one thousand robots from forty countries assembled to play one another.

The RoboCup competition is more than just a bunch of robots playing soccer. Geek.com explains:

RoboCup is about much more than just simulated sports, however. The RoboCup Rescue event sees robots showing off their rescue operation skills, while the RoboCup@Home displays all manner of robo-servant behavior. Again, there is a heavy emphasis on robots with at least a roughly humanoid silhouette, though that makes considerably more sense for a robot designed to navigate our human-tailored living spaces. Some of the robots showed up to show off whole skills, others simple principles of robot engineering like easy human-robot interaction and response to changes in environment.

To see more robots from the competition you can check out the competitions photo albums.

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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