The Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at Japan’s University of Tokyo has created a robot that is able to play Rock, Paper, Scissors with a human. While it sounds like it would be fun to play one of the oldest, simplest games around with an artificial intelligence, you would quickly learn that it is impossible to win. In fact, this robot is so intelligent that it basically knows how to cheat.
The robotic hand has never been defeated because it’s able to react much faster than a human can. With the use of a high-speed camera, the Rock, Paper, Scissors robot is able to determine the shape and position of the human player’s hand, and then it just plays what will win. The system works so fast that it doesn’t even look like it’s cheating. Take a look at this video and see for yourself.
Able to make its calculations and determination in less than one millisecond, the robot waits until the player has clearly made its choice, and then makes its own play. Some have tried to trick the system by changing their play at the last possible moment, but with a one millisecond reaction time, even your reflexes are no match for soon-to-be Rock, Paper, Scissors World Champion.