(From IEEE SPectrum)

Can a team of soccer-playing robots beat the human World Cup champions by 2050?

That’s the ultimate goal of RoboCup, an international tournament where teams of soccer robots compete in various categories, from small wheeled boxes to adult-size humanoids.

IEEE Spectrum‘s Harry Goldstein traveled to Singapore to attend RoboCup 2010 — and check out how the man vs. machine future of soccer is playing out.

At the very end of the video you can see a robot falling on the ground and standing up again on its own. Simply impressive.