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2012 RoboCup Bloopers Proves Robots Are Not Smarter Than Humans

Much like how people who watch TV or sports love seeing the outtakes at the end of an episode or a sporting event, it appears so do lovers of robots. Watching someone mess up at a thing they’re professionally known for is hilarious; it makes them human.

However, in the case of this video, it’s not exactly that it makes them human — it’s more so that it’s just entertaining to watch. We’re talking about the bloopers from the 2012 RoboCup.

RoboCup is an international robotics competition that started back in 1997 in order to promote robotics and research in artificial intelligence. According to the RoboCup website, the overall goal or hope of the competition is that,

By mid-21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win the soccer game, comply with the official rule of the FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup.”

The main attractions of the RoboCup competitions are broken down to RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup@Home and RoboCupJunior, all of which demonstrate robots in various scenarios, usually all for scientific purposes.

Here’s a breakdown of the events.

RoboCupSoccer: These robots demonstrates competitive behaviors and/or strategies.

RoboCupRescue: These bots can assist in emergency situations in order to save people. The robots have the capabilities of mapping and negotiating through environments.

RoboCup@Home: Like ‘The Jetsons!,’ these robots help people in their daily lives. Robot butlers or maids, apply here.

RoboCupJunior: These robots seek to motivate young people to learn various skills that are necessary in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Perhaps in time, RoboCup will come to be accepted among the sporting community. Until then, the robots can always sweep crime off the mean streets of New Detroit.

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