When Robots Go Bad

The ceremonial opening pitch of a Major League Baseball game is frequently the scene of disaster. Celebrities such as singer Mariah Carey and track legend Carl Lewis have become famous for flubbing that game-starting throw to home plate. These poor performances from untrained pitchers aren’t surprising, but it does raise a few eyebrows when a robot designed for the task comes up short. PhillieBot—a contraption with three wheels, a...

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