As millions of football fans prepare for the big game on Sunday, NPR published a story that prosposes replacing football players with robots.
According to the article, football-related head injuries are making headlines and robot players would eliminate this negative publicity for the NFL. But would fans watch?
In 2012, Notre Dame's robotic football team made history when a robot quarterback threw a football to another robot receiver. It was the first completed pass made by robots in a football game.
Also, soccer his its RoboCup.
Maureen Carruthers of the National Robotics League, a program of the National Tooling and Machining Association that encourages students to build competitive battle robots, says it's worth considering.
"We solve a multitude of problems: We stop glorifying human-on-human violence to our children, and stop asking people to put themselves in harm's way for our entertainment," she said in the article.
In addition, it would make engineering a pretty cool job.
"We will be raising a generation of Americans who have a strong interest in manufacturing and engineering which will result in an incredible boost to our economic growth and national security," she added.