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# 2
02-20-2013, 07:06 AM
AI isn't really the issue, remote control doesn't really detract from the spectacle of machines beating the **** out of each other, and most practical applications would work with remote control, preprogrammed actions, and some basic behavior heuristics that are already pretty well established. (But who cares about practical applications? We all know making them fight will be way more popular).

Stability is the real hurdle. The robots on this show are bolted to racks and literally wheeled up to each other for fights.

Asimo is pretty stable, but still can't stand up to an impact and can't get back up if it falls. Four legged robots are in better shape, though. The LS3 Big Dog can take a grenade hit standing, and if it is tipped over it can stand back up as long as it has three working legs. The inventors claim if it were made heavier and armored it could fight a bull, and I've been waiting two years now for them to put their money where their mouth is.

Last edited by hevach; 02-20-2013 at 08:37 AM.