Skip to comments.New robot beats humans in rock, paper, scissors 100% of the time
Posted on 07/04/2012 9:32:17 AM PDT by null and void
Theres no tricking this bot its too quick to beat
In a move that no doubt brings us one step closer to the day when robots take over the world, developers out of Japans Ishikawa Oku Lab (University of Tokyo) have created a robot hand that is able to defeat humans 100% of the time in the game Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Tally up another point for bots everywhere in the ongoing robot vs human battle.
Whether theyre swimming across an ocean, learning how to adjust their grip based on new sensor technology, or flying in formation to construct buildings, theres something new in the wide world of robotics nearly every day of the week. But what good does this bot actually serve?
According to the folks at Ishikawa, apparently a lot.
You see, the robot uses a high-speed camera to recognize the shape that the human hand is making. How long does it take to recognize the hand movement? All of a millisecond. It then adjusts its hand to counter the humans choice with the appropriate hand-shaped weaponry to win the match-up. And how long does it take to adjust its hand you ask? Another millisecond.
Two milliseconds. Thats all!
The robot uses a high-speed camera to recognize human hand movement and react instantly.
As a matter of fact, the bot reacts so quickly that humans cannot recognize the fact that it is technically cheating. See for yourself in the video below: the robot looks like its playing an honest game and throwing down its hand selection at the same time as its human counterpart.
The reason why the team considers this an important development can be understood in the name they chose to give it: the human-machine cooperation system (an odd choice of wording, what with the fact that the thing is technically cheating). They went with this title because the technology is the first to truly demonstrate how a robot and human can interact with one another without there being any time delay.
Im not entirely sold, though, so what do you think is this one step forward for the robotics industry, or two steps back?
Sounds to me like they’ve created a robot that cheats.
Remove its ability to see and the results will be different.
If we own it, it’s for good.
However if China or some other nation is producing these ... they are our enemy.
I know not many agree (yet) but the world is changing.
‘bout time someone got around to inventing this.
I can flip the bird to you-know-who faster than that robot.
Adapt this technology to an automated machinegun post.
I bet I can beat it!
How does it work on foot/cockroach/thermonuclear bomb?
Yep, robots have invaded the last bastion of humanity...
Yea, but can it play rock, paper, scissors, Spock?
Pretty cool until you realize that stock trading “robots” would have cleared thousands of arbitrage transactions in the two milliseconds it took to play one round of RSP.
Wow I forgot the lizard.
Can it beat this one?
I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 10. What is it?
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