Obama Played Soccer With A Robot In Japan, And Even He Thought It Was 'A Little Scary' — VIDEO
When he's not dealing with Vladimir Putin and the Ukraine crisis, President Obama is living it up in Japan — eating the best sushi, hanging with the president, and spending some face-time with high-tech friends. During the first stop of his eight-day Asian tour, Obama played soccer with a robot at Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. ASIMO, a humanoid robot from Honda, managed to slightly unsettle the president during a demonstration of its life-like capabilities.
The 119-pound robot exchanged bows with Obama, chatted in English and touted its athletic skills saying, "It's nice to meet you... I can kick a soccer ball too."
"Okay, come on," Obama replied. (Reminder: This is not the script for the worst sci-fi movie ever.)
After trapping the ball kicked toward him, the president complimented ASIMO's skills, calling it "pretty impressive." Still, things got a little too real for him. Following the presentation, Obama admitted that while they were amazing, the robots "were a little scary" and "too lifelike." We're with you there.
ASIMO, or Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, has been in the works by Honda since 1986, when engineers set out to create a walking robot. And boy, did they succeed. The device not only ambles about, it runs, climb stairs, and can grasp objects. It also responds to voice commands and can recognize faces of select individuals.
Along with discussing security concerns, technology has been a focus of Obama's trip to Japan. The president viewed a pre-recorded message from the International Space Station's Japanese astronauts, describing how the country is working closely with America's space agency.
While at the museum Obama also spoke to students, stressing the importance of science and math programs, the Wall Street Journal reports. He commended Japan and the United States on their leadership in innovation.
“Young people like you have more technology and more power than even the greatest innovators of previous generations, so there is no limit to what you can achieve,” he said.