The first human-robot team to walk on the moon, the first artificial intelligence to complete a double-decker job, and the first robot to complete an entire run at the Olympics have all had their fair share of detractors.
But if you think they’re a bit out of reach, think again.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has now officially announced the winners of the 2014 Games in Rio de Janeiro, which will see the world’s most advanced robots compete in the Games for the first time.
In a statement, the IOC said that it had chosen eight finalists from a shortlist of nine.
“They are among the world leaders in robotics and artificial intelligence,” said IOC vice-president Mark Adams.
“We want to show our support for the development of the sport of rowing and to inspire the next generation of future leaders.”
The robots that won the gold medals in the Olympic rowing competition were: a rowing robot from Spain called R2-D2; a humanoid robot called Zeta, which is designed to be a companion robot for astronauts; and a robot called Waze, which has been created to help people find their way around the city.
The robots were also recognised by the organisers of the Rio Olympics for their efforts in sports and recreation.
“These are not mere robots,” said the IOC.
“They represent humanity’s first step towards a future in which the human race becomes the only intelligent species on earth.”
Their contributions will continue to shape our lives for generations to come.
“Robots have become increasingly powerful, with the likes of Facebook’s Messenger being developed to work alongside a humanoid computer and Google Glass providing augmented reality.
The robot teams were chosen to compete against teams from teams from countries like the United States, Germany, and France, the world champions of the rowing team.
But the robot teams are not competing alone, as the IPC has announced that it will also be using robotics teams from Brazil, Russia, and Singapore, who will compete against each other for the bronze medal.
A team of robots from Germany will compete alongside teams from the United Kingdom, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.”
This is the first competition for teams that have demonstrated their capabilities,” said Adams.
The IOC said the team members would have a total of six years to compete, and that they will be able to compete with the same robots that are currently competing in Rio.”
For the first year, we will introduce the robots into a training program in which they are designed to improve their skills and skillset, while also being able to be tested against real people,” the IOC added.
The rowing teams will compete in an eight-week training program, with each robot competing in two events.”
The two competitions will last for eight weeks, with all events taking place in the same arena,” said Paul Hembery, the director of Olympic robotics for the IBC.”
As well as the robots, the other participants include the world champion rowing robots and other robots from the international Olympic and Paralympic teams.
“The winning teams will then compete against the teams of the same country, with a winner to be crowned on June 30.
The competition will take place in an arena known as the Olympic Park.