Can AI beat you at Foosball? Yes. Yes it can

‘We’re struggling to keep up,” one engineering student says Credit: Jaren Wilkey , IDG News Service Apr 26, 2016 2:20 PM AI has already proved its prowess in chess, Jeopardy and the ancient game of Go, but it’s now come out victorious in yet another arena: the classic game of Foosball. A group of computer engineering students at Brigham Young University have spent the past semester creating a robotic, computer-controlled Foosball table with the goal of beating human players. The table is constructed so that a camera mounted above can track the movement of the ball, while an algorithm controls the rods on which the plastic players are attached. Mentored by D.J. Lee, a professor at the university, the students tried to mimic how humans play the game…


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