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Robocup starts in Germany aiming to defeat human footballers by 2050

April 1, 2012 - London

The Robocup, which kicked off in Germany this weekend, looked like it might be a long time before they're challenging the likes of Lionel Messi.

More than 35 teams from 12 nations participated in the event, showing off their robots in four different leagues.

The Robocup was established in Japan with the mission of fielding a team of robots capable of winning against the human football world champions by 2050.

Since then it has expanded in other areas including rescue and home help.

According to the Robocup website, the event's aim is to advance the "state of the art" of artificial intelligence.

"Building a robot to play soccer game itself do not generate significant social and economic impact, but the accomplishment will certainly considered as a major achievement of the field," the Daily Mail quoted the website as saying.

"We call this kind of project as a landmark project. RoboCup is a landmark project as well as a standard problem.

"By mid-21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win the soccer game, comply with the official rule of the FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup.

"We propose that this goal to be the one of the grand challenges shared by robotics and AI community for next 50 years," it added.


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