You Will Never Win Against This Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot

Next up: a robot that can beat you at rock/paper/scissors/lizard/Spock?

janken system You Will Never Win Against This Rock Paper Scissors Robot

(Photo: Ishikawa Otu Laboratory)

If your cell phone is a robot that is coming to destroy you, meet this robot, which is coming to shame you at a classic hand game. The janken robot, developed at the Ishikawa Owu Laboratory in Japan, can not only play you in rock-paper-scissors, but it will beat you. 100 percent of the time. It’s programmed that way!

The geniuses at Ishikawa trained the robot to recognize the shape and position of the human hand, and determine from the wrist joint angle and movement whether the person will pick rock, paper or scissors. The robot then chooses whichever will beat the human. Um, least fun game ever?

“This technology is one example that show a possibility of cooperation control within a few miliseconds,” wrote one researcher at Ishikawa. “And this technology can be applied to motion support of human beings and cooperation work between human beings and robots etc. without time delay.” Let’s just hope it has Asimov’s first rule of robotics coded in.