AI News, Video Friday: Japan's Space Humanoid, Robot Golfer, and Most Destructive Bot Ever

Video Friday: Japan's Space Humanoid, Robot Golfer, and Most Destructive Bot Ever

'Russia was the first to go outer space, the U.S. was the first to go to the moon, we want Japan to be the first to send a robot-astronaut to space that can communicate with humans.'

Japan's Kirobo spacebot performs on video, and piles more robots performing on video: welcome to Video Friday, humans.

There are already quite a few robots on the International Space Station (namely, Robonaut and a bunch of SPHEREs), but later this year, a little humanoid from Japan will be joining the team:

SparkFun's 2013 Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) looks like it was a huge success, and an equally huge amount of fun.

I have trouble taking the game seriously when you have such gigantic courses for such a tiny ball.

The 2013 RoboCup competition is underway right now, andTech United is on the ball with video of some amazing Middleweight competition:

For the record, here is the wrong way to go about poking a humanoid robot with a stick:

The goal here is to recreate the portion of the movie 'Thunderball' Where Sean Connery as 007 uses a Jetpack to escape the men chasing him.

To achieve this, a super-size quad-copter had to be created to deal with the weight of a mannequin (in this case a very special 2.2lb one).

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