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Video: German Robot May Beat You at Ping-Pong

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Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   11/28/2012 6:48:23 PM
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I agree, Redding. The woman's serve is illegal. I have a feeling that a legal serve -- bouncing the ball on both sides of the net -- would confuse the robot.

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Charles Murray   11/28/2012 6:50:49 PM
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Good point, Scott. Just as chess robots learned, these robots will learn. Twenty years ago, chess robots couldn't come close to beating master chess players. 

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Jack Rupert, PE   11/30/2012 4:57:34 PM
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I wouldn't think that a legal serve should confuse the robot.  In order to operate at all it needs to know the ball's location in space as well the "field" (i.e., its side of the table).  Not sure that it would be able to keep score, but I would think it would be relatively simple to discount any bounces on the far side of the net, considering everything else it is work off of.

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