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Has Cleatus met his match?

Our beloved NFL on FOX mascot has become somewhat of a global brand, passing, diving and catching his way in and out of commercial and sponsor breaks for years during our broadcasts. Heck, he's even become a toy for goodness sake.

But one thing even we admit America's favorite bone-crushing robot doesn't do is actually play football.

Well, this guy may have him beat.

Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology recently announced that they put their collective big brains together and ...

• Cured cancer? Nope.

• Made Adam Sandler funny again? Nope. (You remember Happy Gilmore don't you?)

• Figured out how to get Republicans and Democrats to get along? Nope. And nope.

Instead, Japan's finest physicists have given us a baseball-playing robot.

Albert Pujols may be "The Machine," but can he bat 1.000? Well one day, this guy might be able to.

Now, we admit: The technology is still in the early stages, as demonstrated by this video. But going from the office and a pingpong ball to the big -league stadiums and a high hard one is only one small step for robotkind (you get what we're trying to say).

 

 

For brevity's sake, let's just say that the researchers have equipped the robot with an artificial brain which mimics movements based on the software with which it is installed.

The ultimate goal is to better understand how to use hardware and software to recreate brains — which would, needless to say, be one of the biggest advancements in human history. But for now, let us enjoy visions of robots hitting 1,000-foot homers, hovering around the base paths in less than 8 seconds and throwing 200 mph changeups.

In the meantime, we'll have to settle for artificial first-pitch throwers.

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