Japanese engineers have constructed a robot, which looks more or less like a mechanical arm, capable of mimicking the moves of a samurai sword master and then beating its master in a fight.
The human samurai seen in this video is none other than the renowned Japanese swordsman Isao Machii, whose moves the robot mimics.
Machii, an Iaido master and expert sword wielder, is capable of slicing a fried shrimp traveling directly at him at a rate of roughly 80 miles per hour, according to a report on The Independent. which notes that the fitting of a Japanese robot with a deadly katana sword comes at a time of unrest derived from the notion of artificial intelligence and robotics melding into a Terminator-esque doomsday scenario– a scenario which SpaceX and Tesla’s Elon Musk has already donated $10 million towards preventing.
Isao holds not one, but five Guinness World Records which include “fastest 1,000 iaido sword cuts” and the “most iado sword cuts to one mat,” according to ZME Science.
The robot seen in the video is an industrial robot known as the MOTOMAN-MH24.
In other robotics coverage here at Immortal News, South Korea’s team KAIST has won the $2 million prize at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge with their DRC-Hubo bot, which transforms from bipedal to wheeled mode in order to enhance speed and stability.
MIT researchers have built Star Trek inspired submersible robots capable of autonomously planning and executing their own missions and more recently, an unrelated robotics breakthrough has allowed computer scientists to program robots to quickly adapt to injury.
All things considered, are you concerned by the prospect of robots taking over the world in the potentially not-so-distance future?