Rise of the machines: Pakistani roboteers hunt global soccer glory

AFP on June 27, 2016, 3:35 pm Rise of the machines: Pakistani roboteers hunt global soccer glory Islamabad (AFP) – The little striker wearing a crescent moon and star jersey lines up his penalty and kicks right, netting his goal as the keeper dives the wrong way and hits the ground yelping in pain. Both players are teammates practising to represent Pakistan in a major world football tournament. Unlike their low-ranked flesh-and-blood counterparts, however, these are advanced robots whose programmers are set to compete against students from the world’s top universities as they look to showcase what their country can do in the world of Artificial Intelligence. Students at Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology (NUST) will this year for the first time send a team to the annual…


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