We're big fans of the DiagonalUK YouTube videos, and we're happy to see that the featured comments from Nishimura-san, the founder of ROBO-ONE, in their video footage from ROBO-ONE 17 held last month in Kawasaki.
Unfortunately, they missed the whole point. Nishimura's objective in creating the ROBO-ONE movement was to challenge builders to develop useful humanoid robots that could be put to use in helpful situations.
When he realized that a robot that couldn't get up by itself, or one that broke easily, wouldn't be very useful, he decided the best challenge would be for the robots to fight each other. That way their ability would improve rapidly.
It was never the goal of ROBO-ONE to develop robots to fight toe-to-toe with humans, though we do joke about the possibility from time to time. The robots, and their battles, are exciting enough without the added hype.