Sunday, July 1, 2012

We're Doomed

No, I'm not referring to Obamacare.  Scientist in Japan have created a robot that can beat humans in rock, paper, scissors, 100% of the time.  Red Orbit reports,
H/T: Dave Barry
It may be just a simple step toward world domination, but one robot is able to conquer its human adversary in a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” 100 percent of the time.
Ishikawa Oku Lab researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed the ultimate Rock, Paper, Scissors fighting robot.

The robot, which is essentially a camera-connected mechanical hand, is completely incapable of losing at the game.

The hand-game dominator bot reads the shape of its human competitor’s hand faster than the human eye could, and then translates the reading to create its own preemptive response.
“Recognition of human hand can be performed at 1ms with a high-speed vision, and the position and the shape of the human hand are recognized,” the researchers wrote in a statement.

They said the wrist joint angel of the robot hand is controlled based on the position of the human hand.

Once the robot figures out the shape of the human hand, it plays either rock, paper or scissors, depending on which outcome would leave it the victor. In other words, the robot is capable of cheating faster than a human is capable of seeing.