Fake Sports That Should Be Real

Robot boxing

The underrated Hugh Jackman movie Real Steel introduced us to World Robot Boxing. It’s pretty much what it says on the label, with robots of different stripes boxing one another as humans once did. The movie presents us with two flavors of this sport. One is the official World Robot Boxing, in which there are rules stopping characters from using weapons, kicks, headbutts, and so on. Then, there’s the underworld of robot boxing, where pretty much anything goes, until there’s only one bot standing.

The sheer spectacle of Robot Boxing would be huge in our world. The public already shells out billions of dollars to watch Michael Bay’s robots beat each other up on the big screen—imagine how much they’d pay to watch it happen for real. The robot boxing world, even in its official forms, has quirks like having no “weight class.” While this would seemingly make things unfair, in terms of a level playing field, it also effectively gives robotics engineers an excuse to make bigger, better, and badder robots to fight one another, which would inevitably lead to matches that could put even the best UFC matches to shame.

Now all we have to do is, well, invent fighting robots. Get on it, science!