Soccer fans may scoff at the notion of robot players defeating
humanity's finest, but just keep in mind that chess fans probably did
the same when IBM programmers boasted that a computer would
beat a Grandmaster. So when computer science professor Claude Sammut declares that tech innovations will allow "fully autonomous"
soccer-loving robots to be able out-duel the world's best players by
2050, it may not be merely the stuff of science-fiction:
In the same spirit of a grand challenge, RoboCup aims, by the year
2050, to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win
against the human world soccer champion team.
As of now, the
project that Sammut is involved in, Robocup, is teaching the basics of soccer to the still toddling A.I. species. And even
though they "are having difficulties learning how to control the ball
and dribble ... he remains confident that one day they will display the
same skills as the Wayne Rooneys' of the future."
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