What would be some good rules for a robot golf tournament? And how many years before a golf-playing robot could beat a pro?
August 14, 2012 6:24 AM Subscribe
What would be some good rules for a Robot Golf tournament?
And how many years can we expect to wait before a golf-playing robot could beat a pro?
posted by mnop to Technology (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The more I think about it, the more the world could use a robot golf competition.
So, given the state of current technology, how well could a robot play golf?
1) From what I've seen online, there are a few bots designed to drive and putt golf balls... but has anyone ever attempted to have a bot play a full hole?
2) If a golf tournament were to be held for robots, what sort of rules would need to be established? What level of autonomy could be expected of them in the first competition?
3) The DARPA Grand Challenge was awesome, and there we saw bots go from failure to mastery in just a few years- could we expect the same thing for golf-playing robots?
4) Finally, how many years (decades?) do you think it will be before a robot could beat a pro on a full course?
Thanks for indulging me on this question... because seriously... golf playing robots would be totally awesome.
To me all of this doesn't seem to be a question of if it will happen (because certainly it will, how could it not?), but rather when.