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Robot football players compete with the aim of beating humansMore than a thousand football-playing robots and RoboCup fans from forty countries have descended on the Dutch technology Mecca of Eindhoven this week with one goal in mind, to beat the humans at their own game.

Robot football players compete with the aim of beating humans

More than a thousand football-playing robots and RoboCup fans from forty countries have descended on the Dutch technology Mecca of Eindhoven this week with one goal in mind, to beat the humans at their own game.

The tournament’s mission is to defeat the human World Cup winners by 2050, creating technology along the way that will have applications far beyond the realm of sport.

To achieve the goal, organisers have created multiple competition classes, including small robots, large robots, humanoid robots and even virtual robots, with plans to merge their techniques into a single squad of all-star androids capable of one day winning a man vs. machine matchup.

Humanoid robots have difficulty keeping their balance, and the largest, human height, move more like, well, robots than world-class athletes.

While the humanoid robots have a long way to go, it is a different story when robots are allowed to be robots, that is, with wheels, joints that can pivot 360 degrees and a wide array of sensors.

Baptist preacher insults congregation during sermon

A Baptist preacher loses it during a sermon and begins insulting church-goers in viral video. Jim Sandridge, a Baptist preacher at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook, Oklahoma wasn’t very pleased to see one of the church attendees dozing off during his sermon and decided to take a few minutes to give the congregation a piece of his mind.

Sandridge can be heard in the video insulting churchgoers even telling one of them, “You’re one of the sorriest church members I have! You’re not worth 15 cents!”

 

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