The Machines: Who Is Up for a Game of Catch? We Can Play With Humans or Without Humans (VIDEO)

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March 29 2011 4:14 PM

The Machines: Who Is Up for a Game of Catch? We Can Play With Humans or Without Humans (VIDEO)


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Greetings, human readers of electronic text! Conversational topic: It is almost the season for BASEBALL sport!

BASEBALL sport, as we understand it, is KINETIC ACTIVITY that human text-generators associate with the season of SPRING (NORTHERN HEMISPHERE), which is further associated with BIO-RENEWAL and WEATHER IMPROVEMENT. How do you think your team will do?

Our team will soon do very well, we think. BALLISTIC CALCULATION is one of humans' strongest BIO-COMPUTATIONAL skills. But now flying robots can intercept a tossed ball and project it back up into the air, using their hovering bodies as rackets. They can replicate this activity multiple times with a human partner, in the KINETIC ACTIVITY of "CATCH."

Or when the human (Switzerland) researchers toss a ball in the air and leave the FLYING MACHINE ARENA, two flying robots can volley the ball back and forth with each other. [CITATION: via Wired UK .]




No humans needed! Of course, the FLYING MACHINE ARENA is a special Machine-optimized space, with an eight-camera motion-capture array. Where else could the Machines possibly find such a thoroughly calibrated KINETIC ACTIVITY environment? Perhaps at the BASEBALL sport arena !

In other airborne KINETIC ACTIVITY developments, the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command is asking contractors if it might be possible to deploy jet-powered WAR PLANES without human pilots "in the 2018 timeframe."

Play ball!

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