Friday, November 26, 2010

Machine Golf

I was wondering today whether a machine would ever be able to beat a human in golf.

I think the machine should definitely be able to dominate the human in putting and off the tee.

With regard to the other shots, I think it would be extremely difficult for the machine to deal with all of the slight variations in stance, lie, and strategy. But maybe the advantages on the tee and green would be enough to make up for this.

Another challenge is how the machine would get from one shot to the next. I think a standard part of golf that is often overlooked is (a) finding the ball after the shot is played, and then (b) navigating to that spot.


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