Obstacle detection and avoidance is one area in which drones fail utterly, which is too bad because human pilots just aren’t that good at flying them. The obvious solution? Teach a drone to think like fencer.
You could arm your robots with boring old firearms, or you could train your robots to FIGHT WITH KATANAS. If the robot uprising happens, at least we'll be able to admire their precise swordplay ballet before they run us through.
It doesn't play out the way you probably think it does.
Continuing in its tradition of offering up exactly what we want, Boston.com's Big Picture blog has a ton of fantastic shots from the fencing action this week in Beijing, with the duelers' silvery lamé space suits and crazy blinking helmets on full display. I want one to wear, whether I'm making toast (flying crumb…