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Golf Robot Putts Out

Robots continue to excel in human endeavors - are we not safe on the links?


(Robotic putting comes into its own)

As part of PwCís thought leadership series on disruptive advanced manufacturing technologies, we recently gathered some PwC leaders at our 300 Madison Avenue headquarters for a discussion on where robots are now and where theyíre going.

We also invited another esteemed guest to the tableóa cobot (collaborative robot).

The task? A golf-putting competition. Turns out that the cobot delivered on cue with enviable, PGA-tour-level mechanics. Click the picture below to check out the putting competition and decide for yourself whether robots have finally come of ageónot only on the factory floor, but in places we havenít even dreamed.

In Frederik Pohl's 1954 short story The Midas Plague, human beings were no longer able to keep up with the consumption requirements of the modern consumer economy. So, consumption robots took up the slack; in this case, by using up its owner's golf clubs and related apparel:


Pohl's Consumption robots

There was the butler robot, hard at work, his copper face expressionless. Dressed in Morey's own sports knickers and golfing shoes, the robot solemnly hit a ball against the wall, picked it up and teed it, hit it again, over and again, with Morey's own clubs...

Robots and sports - it's inevitable:

Via PWC.

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