The cheating hand …Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 by Roberto Saracco
OK, we were waiting for a machine to pass the Turing test, to interact with us in a way we wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from a human. But now we are faced with a machine that is much better than us, at least in a very narrow area: playing rock, paper and scissor.
You know the game: you and your friend are throwing your hands at the same time and you can shape it in three different ways to represent a rock, a paper or a scissor. Rock beats scissor, scissor beats paper and paper beats rock. You look at your opponent eyes and try to find what he is thinking to beat him. Sometime you succeed, sometimes you don’t.
Now we have this robot created by a researcher at the Tokyo university that will beat you every single time!
Where is the trick? Well, the robots watch your hand as you start moving it and in a millisecond knows what you are going to end up. In 4 milliseconds more it will command its hand to move and “beat” your move!
The whole things happen so fast that you have no chance and you don’t even realize that the robots is actually waiting to see your move before making its!
Hence, the bad guy is cheating but you don’t realize it!
Now, this is something Turing probably didn’t think about. Once a machine gets as smart as a human being, at the same time it gets way smarter, since it adds to what it takes to react as a human features we don’t have, like reaction speed!
It is also interesting to see the significant progress made in artificial vision …