Japan’s love affair with robots has produced some truly wonderful technological surprises, from Kirobo the robot astronaut to electronic, news-reading automatons. And In 2020, the country wants to bring its love of robots to the Olympics – by having robot athletes compete against each other.
2020 will be the year Tokyo hosts the Olympics, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his desire to see the world’s robots come together in good, old-fashioned, friendly competition.
“In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,” he stated during his visit to a developer of robotic care-givers.
The prime minister also openly communicated his wish to see his country’s robot industry triple in size – which will come to about $24 billion. For this purpose, he would like to establish a council that would make “a robotic revolution a reality in order to aid Japan’s growth.”
Robot competitions are not new, however. In 2010, China held an event in which humanoid robots battled each other in 16 events. Other robot competitions include the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the RoboGames, and the RoboWorld Cup.
Last month, a competition for underwater robots was held at Michigan’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Over 60 teams from all over the world participated in the event.
via [Digital Trends]