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Monday, March 10, 2014

Man vs. Robot: An Epic Ping Pong Battle

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Ping Pong gets intense - YOUTUBE

Update, March 11: The epic match is already over, watch what happened and see who won (link below).

Tomorrow, one of the top table tennis players in the world, Timo Boll, will take on the fastest robot ever built, KUKA KR AGILUS, in a game for the ages.

The match will be featured on kuka-timoboll.com; but, currently, the site is not able to handle the amount of traffic coming in. So we're going to give the first point to Boll. Sorry KUKA, this doesn't bode well for you if IT can't handle a website. (Update: The site is now working, but slow to load, so you can watch the duel on YouTube.)

We hope they figure out the site soon, we haven't been this excited to watch a ping pong match since Forest Gump versus China.

And you may be wondering how other computer/robot-versus-human matches turned out: as of 2008, the best chess programs can beat humans -- even when they have the assistance of a computer. Kind of scary, isn't it?

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