This Is the Most Technologically Advanced Game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" You'll Ever See

I've never liked "rock, paper, scissors." Even though the odds are technically the same for both players, I've always felt like I — for whatever reason — am exceptionally bad at it. That's probably why the video below represents my worst nightmare: 


Weirded out? You're not alone.

What you just watched is the product of the German art collective, weAREmedienkuenstler. As Creative Applications explains: 

"In contrast to the human variant, the system lacks the pseudo-tactical ability to read the opponent. In this case the... process leading to the decision [for both computers] uses the same random number generator. The process of learning or tactics are excluded and yet the viewer is tempted to pick a side."

I'll confess, I don't usually "get" modern art, but the video intrigued me, and for whatever reason I actually found myself cheering for the computer on the left. (Why? I have no clue.) Take a look at the video, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Michael Shammas

Second-year Harvard Law student, politico, Breaking Bad fan, cynical idealist, coffee addict, & Duke sports fanatic. Contact me at mshammas@jd16.law.harvard.edu.

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