The same principle applies every year: two teams compete against each other on the same playing area by trying to get the highest score.
Each team is allowed to have up to two robots. The robots are given 90 seconds to score as much as they can autonomously (no remote control!) and without running into the opponent. In order to score point, they have tasks which can be completed in any order.
This year, the theme is “Build a better world” .
The rules can be found here.
75 years ago, Isaac Asimov created the 3 laws of robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Today, robots need new laws to build new cities even as the preservation of the environment is a major issue of the coming decades. These new laws are:
- a robot must preserve its environment;
- a robot may use the natural resources available around it unless such orders conflict with the first law;
- a robot can build comfortable houses for the use of its inhabitants so long as it does not conflict with the first or second law.
It is by following these new laws at best that your robots will have to evolve.
Your missions will be:
- Provide drinking water to the city. Water is an important resource and its recycling is essential to preserve it.
- Build buildings. We must build housing for the inhabitants of this new city.
- Power its home automation panel. To control your city well, you have to take care of your home automation panel.
- Foraging a flower. Pollination and the survival of bees are important for biodiversity in the city and the maintenance of the ecosystem.
- Evaluate its performance. As with any project, it is also important to know what has been achieved.