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Plans to pit robot players against humans by 2050

Aug 01, 2017, 7:44 AM EDT
(Source: Sancho McCann/flickr)
(Source: Sancho McCann/flickr)

The world’s best soccer players could face a stiff competition from their robotic counterparts by 2050 – this is what the roboticists attending the RoboCup 2017 tournament in Japan dream of.

The friendly tournament, organized every two years, seeks to encourage engineers to develop machines that imitate humans not only in the way they think but also in action, writes Digital Trends.

Unlike in other games such as chess, the robot soccer players need programming for teamwork, reading constantly changing positions of the opponents, specifying directions and strategizing, the areas that offer a new challenge to computer engineers, notes Independent.