Let the Robot Win...

C-3PO
If there's one thing that could set off the Robot uprising it's beating them at sports. C-3PO in Star Wars: A New Hope observed that "nobody worries about upsetting a droid" and I think that could be the downfall of the human race.

Robot manufacturer, Kuka Robotics, have developed a robot arm that can match it with one of the world's best table tennis players, former world number one, Timo Boll. Well at least that's what they want us to believe. See their promotion video below.



If you watch the making of this video (below) you'll get the sense that the match probably wasn't real with some fairly extreme plays being staged for dramatic effect.



Personally I think the arm is probably fast enough to play table tennis but is actually no real match for Timo. However... there in lies the problem. If we keep beating robots at sports they're going to develop low self esteem until one day a robot just snaps and the robot uprising begins!

In order to prevent that day we should perhaps adopt a safer strategy of letting the robot win. It could save our lives.


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