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Maybe it’s because it was drilled into us from a young age by Hollywood, or by Orwell and other in the written realm, but Americans are seemingly universally unwelcoming of the idea of robots in general.
These never-tiring, always accurate machines could soon replace many of us in the workplace, leading to the sort of apocalyptic poverty that we see in only the most dystopian of films.
And every year, it gets a little spookier.
At the 2020/2021 Olympics, a demonstration by a basketball-focused machine really drove the point home.
The Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball matchup between the U.S. and France was briefly overshadowed by a robot at halftime.
The robot was spotted at the foul line taking almost as long as NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo to shoot, but the machine made the basket. The robot was then placed at the top of the three-point arch and shot the ball with as much precision as Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.
Video of the exhibition was both impressive and unnerving.
Robots are taking free throws at the #TokyoOlympics.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 25, 2021
And another angle:
A basketball robot. For your pleasure. pic.twitter.com/5LZF2vpwNg
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) July 25, 2021
Then, from half-court:
— B24 Dunk (@B24Dunk) July 25, 2021
After halftime, however, things didn’t fare so well for Team America, who lost 83-76; one of the first losses by the US olympic team in 24 games.
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