The 2011 RoboCup was played this year in Instanbul,Turkey. The event matches up autonomous robots playing soccer against one another. Some of the humanoid robots are actually quite dexterous and can recover from falls quite quickly. Amazingly all the robosquads are programmed with instructions and then let loose to play the match on their own.
They are quipped with video cameras and onboard computers that map out the field, other players and of course the ball. Many of the teams have WiFi in them so they can even communicate.
Which would you prefer to watch, the FIFA World Cup or RoboCup?