Friday, July 24, 2009

Apple Pie and Mom Can't be Far Behind...

One of my more deranged interests is cataloging robots' relentless assault on the human race. Sure, they start out innocently enough, like installing car doors on Toyotas or being a nerd's dreamgirl, but the next thing you know they're rising up to enslave humanity. As Deadspin reports, their next step on that inevitable journey is taking over the national pastime:
University of Tokyo professor Masatoshi Ishikawa has created two robots, one pitcher and one batter. The pitch-bot throws 90% of its speedballs in the strike zone and is not subject to pitch count. The bat-bot hits 100% of those strikes, and never swings at anything in the dirt. So a batter who can't strike out vs. a pitcher who will never walk him should make for fast moving, but very entertaining games. Especially if the fielding robots play defense like David Ortiz.
Sara Lee doesn't stand a chance against these menaces.

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