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This robot NEVER loses at rock, paper, scissors :(

  • Sorry folks: Robot takeover now appears complete
  • Device determines opponent's hand shape in 1 millisecond
This robot NEVER loses at rock, paper, scissors  :(

Oh well, humanity: It was a good ride. Lots of fun. Lots of memories.

Remember back when we were all monkeys? Oh man, so crazy.

Or that time that guy set a stick on fire and we were all like, "Oh no way! No more darkness! A-ma-zing!"

Oh! Oh! What about "Full House"? Best show ever!

And now it's all over. The robot takeover pretty much complete. It started with assembly lines and now they can't be beaten at Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Mankind, what hope do we have left?

This Rock, Paper, Scissors Robot (or as I prefer to call it, the Doomsday Device) developed at the University of Toyko's Ishikawa Oku Lab is incapable of losing. No amount of human cunning, strategy, thought or even deception can change that. The robot always wins.

But it's not necessarily outthinking us. It's just seeing us. Very, very quickly.

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Equipped with a high-speed vision system that recognizes its opponents hand motions, it can determine exactly what shape you're beginning to throw in just 1 millisecond and then almost simultaneously counter it.

To understand just how fast 1 millisecond is, that's about as much time as it just took you to read "you to read".

So, pretty fast.

Its inventors swear they're not accidentally laying the groundwork here for Skynet the Sequel, extolling its potential benefits for helping -- as opposed to harming -- humans.

But, just in case, there's a "Full House" rerun about to start in a few minutes. Might want to try and catch it while you still can.

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