Baseball ready for the Android Era?

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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.

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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

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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).

 

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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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