By 2050, Robot Footballers Expected to Beat the World’s Best Soccer Players

September 25th, 2010 - 1:17 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Sep 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A professor of Computer Science and Engineering who works at the New South Wales University in Australia has recently released a statement claiming that it will not be too long before fully automated robots would be able to not only compete against, but beat the football (soccer) stars of the future.

Professor Claude Sammut is part of the project called “RoboCup” in which programmers create robots which are capable of playing the game of soccer. Although these robots cannot yet control the ball, nor dribble, he believes that one day they will be able to contend with such stars as Wayne Rooney.

“To achieve this, or come even close, the robots will have to be able to sense and act in completely unstructured environments. This will require major advances in perception, decision making, learning, and co-operative behaviours. Not forgetting that robots are integrated hardware and software systems, significant advances will also be needed in sensors, actuators, energy storage, and materials,” he explained.

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