Rock, paper, scissors has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the past decade with some bars even holding special nights dedicated to this old schoolyard favorite. Usually a good time is had by all, but there always seems to be someone who takes things way too seriously.
Which bring us to this robot built in the Ishikawa Oku Lab at the University of Tokyo.
It never loses at rock, paper, scissors.
But as the folks at IEEE Spectrum magazine point out, the robot might be cheating: "It only takes a single millisecond for the robot to recognize what shape your hand is in, and just a few more for it to make the shape that beats you, but it all happens so fast that it's more or less impossible to tell that the robot is waiting until you commit yourself before it makes its move, allowing it to win 100% of the time."
Judge for yourself:
At least you won't have to buy the robot a drink for beating you.
But maybe this would be more interesting if these two were the engineers who programmed the rules into the robot:
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