What used to be an easy way of settling disagreements between friends, the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors just went high tech.
Researchers in Japan developed a robot that can not only play the game continuously, it never actually loses.
What’s its secret?
In short, the developers equipped the “never lose” robot with a built-in, high-speed camera and sensors that allow it to recognize which shape the other player (i.e. – the human) is about to make with his or her hand. And this movement prediction process takes just one millisecond to complete effectively. Meaning us mere mortals can’t detect the lag with our eyesight alone.
Yes, that’s cheating. But there’s more to this discovery than never winning a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors again.
For instance, the scientists think that it could “provide clues on how to develop robots better equipped for interaction with humans, without needing to be programmed or commanded,” according to Reuters’ Tara Cleary.
Hopefully this technology could also be used in future autonomous cars, so our vehicles can predict what bonehead move nearby human drivers might make next.