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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

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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.

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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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About Rose Eveleth
Rose Eveleth

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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