The image above is from Japan’s proposed 2020 Robot Olympics which it hopes to host alongside its 2020 Summer Olympics. Meanwhile, we are just a day away from yet another DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals taking place in the Fairplex in Pomona, California, USA. To catch the live competition, visit the live video streaming channel at the event website.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, will pit 24 robots, enough to man two American football teams, against one another in feats of strength, agility, balance, perception, and more.
The winner of DRC will win a $2 million grand prize with $1 million going to the runner-up and $500,000 going to the third-place team.
An American Robot Football League
The NFL might not know if yet, but by 2020 robots will have advanced so far that they will be completely believable as competitors in the game of American football. NFL fans are currently impressed by 4.3 second 40 yard dashes but in the era of robot American football 2.4 second 40 yard dashes will be common.
At the same time it can be expected that the US government, through the military’s R&D branch DARPA, will fund the design and manufacture of robot players as it gears up to use supersmart and capable robots in military combat, disaster relief situations, on the surface of planets in our solar system and in deep space.
Following is the promotional video for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals: