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10/14/2019 6:04:00 PM

Tokyo Robot Unbeaten at Rock, Paper, Scissors game

The University of Tokyo has produced a robot hand capable of beating a human being at the rock, paper scissors game every single time.

The classic game  so widely known we won"t bother to reproduce the rules here dates back to the Chinese Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) when it was called shoushiling, with each "weapon" having a 33 per cent chance of success.

Engineers at the Ishikawa Oku Lab at the University of Tokyo may have just ruined it for turn-based hand game fans everywhere however, creating a robot that can win 100 per cent of the time.

rock papers scissors robot hand tokyo university

The machine can detect within a millisecond what shape your hand is about to make, pre-empting it with the winning gesture.

Scientists at the university explained: "Recognition of a human hand can be performed at 1ms with a high-speed vision, and the position and the shape of the human hand are recognised.

"The wrist joint angle of the robot hand is controlled based on the position of the human hand. The vision recognises one of rock, paper and scissors based on the shape of the human hand.

"After that, the robot hand plays one of rock, paper and scissors so as to beat the human being in 1ms."

You may be thinking of the old change-it-to-scissors-at-the-last-second method, but the robot is so fast it can beat even the quickest of thinkers.

Aside from offering a slightly terrifying vision of the future where robots outstrip humans, the engineers hope to show how the technology can be used for motion support.

They added in the study: "This technology is one example that shows a possibility of cooperation control within a few miliseconds.

"And this technology can be applied to motion support of human beings and cooperation work between human beings and robots etc, without time delay.


rock papers scissors robot hand

 

Tokyo Robot Unbeaten at Rock, Paper, Scissors gameTokyo Robot Unbeaten at Rock, Paper, Scissors game

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