Having lived the first 18 years of my life in Japan, I've probably played Rock-Paper-Scissors more than at least 1000 times in my life, if not more. I wasn't especially good, nor was I especially bad. This new Rock-Paper-Scissors-playing computer that was just developed in Japan is not just good or great—it's unbeatable, with a 100% winning streak. But of course, there's a catch.

This new computer, developed by the University of Tokyo's School of Information Science and Technology's Ishikawa Oku Laboratory and introduced at the 2014 Digital Content Expo, will actually never, ever lose a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. It's kind of like that computer that beats all the world-class chess players, but even that has lost a game or two of chess. This Rock-Paper-Scissors game has never lost, not once, to a human being since its debut. Like all magic tricks, everyone who came across this computer was in awe until they found out the little trick.

The trick, which is a pretty simple one, is that the computer captures your hand movements at 1000 frames per second and processes that in a minuscule 0.1 seconds, therefore able to come up with a hand that can beat yours. In other words, the computer just waits until it sees what you come up with.

So basically, all this amazing computer is, is a cheater. I will choose to lose with dignity.


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