Are robots going to take over the world? Sure, we like to make jokes about a robot takeover, and things can sometimes get a bit too real when our favorite virtual assistant seems to be gaining sentience or a robot makes a sudden, bold move for freedom, but it seems we've been worrying about the wrong thing all of these years. Robots don't want to take over the world–they just want to dominate humans on the basketball court. As The Verge reports, a group of engineers from Toyota were inspired by the manga Suramu Danku (or Slam Dunk) that tells the story of a high school boy who finds he has an uncanny, natural ability for basketball. So naturally, they jumped from loving a manga about a human with a hidden talent to making a robot who is basically perfect at shooting free throws.
A Toyota-sponsored Japanese basketball team Alvark Tokyo has just unveiled'CUE,' a basketball-playing robot that has perfect accuracy when it comes to free throws. When they pitted the robot against professional players, CUE won, but apart from its great shooting skills there is not much else it can do.
A Toyota-sponsored Japanese basketball team Alvark Tokyo has just unveiled'CUE,' a basketball-playing robot that has perfect accuracy when it comes to free throws. When they pitted the robot against professional players, CUE won, but apart from its great shooting skills there is not much else it can do. For more videos, subscribe to Mashable Daily: http://on.mash.to/SubscribeNews Give us a follow: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mashable/
Toyota's basketball robot is getting pretty good. The robot, Cue, was the subject of a demonstration during a Japanese basketball game on Thursday, where it attempted to land shots from outside the three-point line. From near the halfway line, Cue makes pretty light work of what is quite a difficult shot. As per the Associated Press, to make the shot, Cue "computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish." While the robot has been touted as having perfect accuracy from free throws, longer distances can be a bit hit and miss, as you'll see in the full video of the demonstration.
Robotic advancements are being seen as a threat to the human aspect of things. Many experts think machines, which are built to be perfect, could one day replace humans in every field and take away all our jobs, but another optimistic group believes they would complement our lives. Though the future is unpredictable, one thing is pretty much clear -- machines are taking some giant leaps in all fields. We have already seen robots performing tasks like heavy weight lifting and high-precision surgeries and now, a new video shows a robot can even defeat professional basketball pros. Inspired by the lead character of Suramu Danku, a basketball-based Japanese comic book, the engineers at the company developed "Cue" to execute perfect free throws.