Robot Will Beat You At Rock-Paper-Scissors Every Time [VIDEO]

By Amir Khan on June 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT

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Rock-paper-scissors may seem like a game of luck, but researcher with the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory in Japan created a robot that will beat you every single time -- and it works differently than you may think. (Photo: Ishikawa Oku Laboratory)

Rock-paper-scissors may seem like a game of luck, but researcher with the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory in Japan created a robot that will beat you every single time -- and it works differently than you may think.

The robot doesn't analyze your game, nor does it try to psyche you out with techniques such as throwing the same thing multiple times in a row. Instead, it uses a high-speed camera and quick reflexes.

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Quite simply, the robot cheats.

"This has nothing to do with prediction," Professor Masatoshi Ishikawa told ABC News. "The robot is playing the exact same game, but it can move 33 times faster than humans. There's no way to win."

By watching the image from a camera, the robot determines the position of your hand every millisecond.  As soon as your hand starts to form rock, paper or scissor, the robot corresponds with the correct move. There is a slight delay before the robots makes his move -- too short to be seen with the naked eye, but when slowed down in the video, it becomes quite apparent.

The lab built the system to demonstrate how quickly a robot could accommodate human input. He posted the video on YouTube earlier this week and it took off, amassing over 800,000 views in just a few days.

"I had no idea it would be such a hit," he said. "Most of the feedback I've gotten has been from the U.S."

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