Shoot, scare! Toyota’s basketball robot steals the show at the Tokyo Olympics

Nothing but network for Skynet!

A 6 ′ 10 ″ robot playing basketball made a series of deep three-point shots and a half-court shot during halftime of the Men’s Preliminary Round Group B game between the United States and France on Sunday.

And the mechanical man invited many comparisons to the murderous, self-aware computer system from the “Terminator” movies that nearly wiped out humanity. “Here is our Mr. Robot who shoots free throws at the Olympic Games, ” tweeted one.

Some headlines also referred to the free throw machine as “horrifying” Y “creepy.”

So what exactly is it?

Meet CUE, a basketball robot with artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Toyota

volunteers in their spare time. The original model was produced in 2018 and, in May 2019, the third version (CUE3, which was developed in five months) set the Guinness World Record for “Most Consecutive Basketball Free Throws Made by (Assisted) Humanoid Robot – 2020” in honor of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Yes, that’s 2,020 consecutive free throws.

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It is unclear which version of CUE stole the show during Sunday’s game, where France beat the US team in an 83-76 upset, the US Olympic basketball team’s first loss since the 2004 Athens Games. sinking baskets on Saturday he was sporting a No. 95 jersey, while CUE3 and CUE4 have worn 93 and 94, respectively. (The Toyota site He explains that this is because the number 9 is a homonym for “cue” in Japanese. And the name of the “sign” reflects how technology can serve as a sign for great things to come.)

Official CUE4 statistics indicate that he stands almost 6 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Your position is listed as “escort” and it takes about 15 seconds to fire a shot, developers explain on project website. The CUE uses sensors in its torso to calculate distance to goal and angle to the basket, before using its motorized arms and knees to shoot.

But another device gave CUE a run for its money by competing for the audience’s favorite Olympic robot. During the first Rugby 7 match between Fiji and Japan on Sunday, a remote-controlled “Tiny Bus” delivered the match ball to the 50-meter line.


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