Re: ROBOT: "Robot Wars" Continues To Burgeon

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Jan 12 2002 - 10:18:02 MST

> Spike wrote
> >But JR, twisted metal, chainsaws and jets of flame are inherently appealing.
> >Wicked cool. It has all the elements of good entertainment: engineering,
> >physical struggle, humor, destruction, etc. {8-] spike
> Amara Graps wrote: You're forgetting Survival Research Laboratories, Spike.
> They've been putting on shows of robot twisted metal, chainsaws
> and jets of flame for more than 10 years...

Keep watching this robot wars. We are right on the edge of getting
something an order of magnitude more interesting and worrisome:
a version of robot wars where the battlebots must be entirely
autonomous, preprogrammed to attack and defend. When they
start getting good at that, perhaps we could make the game so
that there is some meta-goal, such as having each bot gather randomly
scattered stones into a goal box. The others try to stop that while
filling their own goal boxes.

Perhaps bots would learn to form temporary alliances, smash
the other guy, rob each other's goal boxes, etc, then fight among
themselves. Pretty soon they might start acting not so different
from humans.

We are on the verge of making up sports that would be
way more entertaining than watching 22 overpaid galoots
struggling to kick a pigskin obelisk thru goal posts. spike

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