Basketball Robot Sets World Record for Sinking 2,020 Consecutive Free Throws

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The Associated Press

A basketball-playing robot has set a world record for sinking free throws.

Toyota’s giant basketball robot, named Cue3, has set a Guinness World Record by consecutively netting 2,020 free throws. It was a number the Japanese company said was a nod to the Tokyo Olympics set for 2020, according to the New York Post.

Cue3 won itself the title of “Most consecutive basketball free throws by a humanoid robot (assisted).”

“For this record attempt, we remained members of Toyota but also collaborated with a professional sports team, and embarked on a challenge that no one else had undertaken,” project leader Tomohiro Nomi said in a statement released on Monday.

“The six-foot, 10-inch robot was engineered to compute a three-dimensional image of the basket in throwing the 3-pointers,” the paper reported.

“What Toyota is doing here is really bringing the top capabilities in perception with the top capabilities in control to have robots perform something that is really challenging,” Stanford University Professor Oussama Khatib explained.

Shooting free throws is one thing, but actually playing the game is another thing altogether. Nomi said that Cue3 would not be much for dribbling and running until another 20 years of “technological advance” in robotics.

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