Japanese Sword Master Vs Industrial Robot; Who Will Win?

Samurai master Machii Isao against his robot competitor. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Samurai master Machii Isao against his robot competitor. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Japanese sword master Isao Machii is in the news again.

This time, he went up against a sword wielding robot and lost.

Japanese engineers designed a robot that could learn how to use a sword by copying the moves of the samurai sword master.

Motoman MH-24, a Yaskawa Bushido industrial robot arm, learned from Isao Machii, who is an Iaijyutsu sword master and holds five Guinness World Records. The robot learned how to fight by motion capturing Machii moves.

Machii has performed the “fastest 1,000 iaido sword cuts” in 36 minutes and four seconds and is also credited with the “most iaido sword cuts to one mat.” His feats of swordsmanship also include slicing a shrimp fired at him at about 80 mph, and slicing in half a BB pellet fired at him at 200 mph.

Yaskawa Bushido Project—Industrial robot vs. sword master:

According to Geek Snack, as part of Yaskawa’s Bushido Project, Machii agreed to have a bunch of sensors strapped all over him while he was performing some of his best moves. Thanks to motion capture technology, the samurai robot was able to learn said moves and perform them as skilfully and accurately as its master, perhaps even slightly better.

What’s most impressive about this whole thing is that the robot didn’t seem to have any trouble at all with the whole slicing and dicing despite the fact that it seemed a bit sluggish at first glance. Meanwhile, Machii was really breaking a sweat towards the end while performing the thousand cuts demonstration, Geek Snack added.

The video was produced by Yaskawa and showcases the skills of the robot. The robot had learned how to execute a variety of cross-sectional, diagonal, and horizontal cuts with precision. It then demonstrated its mastery of precision cuts by slicing lengthwise a bean pod measuring only one centimetre in thickness. The slow-motion sequences reveal in detail the precision of the robot’s swordsmanship.

Judging from the latest achievement, we may have robotic samurai sword masters fighting and beating human masters like Machii in the future. Robots will tend to have an advantage over humans because programming will allow them to execute moves with greater precision than humans can, and unlike humans, they will be able to fight without fatigue, wrote The Inquisitr.

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