Rock-paper-scissors fans now have an opponent that they will not be able to defeat. That’s right, researchers from the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at the University of Tokyo have developed a robotic hand that can’t be defeated at the game, thanks to “its superior high-speed vision, which can recognize a human’s upcoming play in milliseconds.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

The demonstration is amazing, until you begin to think about the chilling implications of future humanoid robots empowered with such high-speed hand accuracy. Also, for the hardcore dystopians out there, the metaphor of the game itself seems to foreshadow a future no longer governed by humanity’s reliance on chance and Captain Kirk-style ingenuity when faced with pure machine efficiency.


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