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Rock Paper Scissors

(YouTube link) If world leaders could just play Rock, Paper, Scissors to solve their disputes, the world would be a better place. They’re already doing it, just not so as we’d notice.  -via The Daily What

Rock, paper, scissors robot always wins

Scientists in Tokyo have invented a robot that can never lose at a game of rock, paper, scissors. Developed at the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku …

Robot Always Wins at Rock, Paper, Scissors Because It Cheats

(Video Link) Whether it’s stabbing meat or punching humans, robots play to win. And thanks to human collaborators at the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory, robots will always prevail at games of rock, paper, scissors. It has a high speed camera that sees the shape that the human competitor’s hand is forming and plays a winning move one [...]

The Proof is in the Pudding

(YouTube link) Flula Borg is German buts lives in Los Angeles and finds that English idioms make no sense. If you are at work, be warned that the audio has the word “bastard.” Continue to see more of Flula’s videos. -via The Daily What Rock, Paper, Scissors (YouTube link) Shooting Fish in a Barrel (YouTube link) You can follow Flula [...]

How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors

Want an edge over the average person playing rock-paper-scissors? Try playing blindfolded! An experiment by Richard Cook at University College in London shows that when players can see their opponent, there is a slight tendency to copy them. Cook asked 45 people to face off against each other in several rounds of rock-paper-scissors, in exchange for [...]

The Sounds of Failure (and Science)

Wanna know what protein synthesis sounds like? Well, tough. Wanna know what Jad Abumrad (co-host of RadioLab) thinks it might sound like, rendered as muic? Okay, that we can tell you. In this talk from PopTech, Abumrad plays “the sounds of failure,” and goes on to play his musical interpretation of protein synthesis, does lots [...]

You vs. the Computer in Rock-Paper-Scissors

Over at the website for The New York Times, they have added a rock-paper-scissors game where you play against a computer, which is getting better and better at predicting what your next move will be. Computers mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors [...]

First Jeopardy, Now Rock-Paper-Scissors

Computers are taking up all of our human games – and dominating. First IBM’s Watson shattered his competitiors on Jeopardy. And now our most cherished mode of human decision-making has been compromised – because a computer has been taught to play Rock-Paper-Scissors. On its face Rock-Paper-Scissors seems like a mostly random game where each of the [...]