Many of us remember BattleBots that ran on Comedy Central alongside such masterpieces as Celebrity Deathmatch and Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Chainsaws, hatchets and/or any device rigged to work like a weapon was attached to two robots, facing off in a cage match. The show relied heavily on human participants, with the bot-building teams facing off against each other in two opposite corners.
The speed and decision making of these robots was limited to the quickness of their operators. Not the case in Japan. A recently released video showing years worth of Sumo robots facing off in the ring, shows how controlling bots with AI algorithms can sharply increase their speed and accuracy. It’s just crazy, check it out: