Think you’re a Scissors, Rock, Paper gun? Take on the supercomputer

The New York Times has created the world’s fastest scissors, rock, paper player. A computer that draws on the memory of 200,000 games and analyses your most likely move based on patterns. I took a stab, and 200+ games later I declared the computer the winner. I reckon it’s slightly harder than the games in the Alex (the) Kidd games. I thought the “the” was their – but not according to Dr. Google.

“Computers mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence. Choose from two different modes: novice, where the computer learns to play from scratch, and veteran, where the computer pits over 200,000 rounds of previous experience against you.”

I tried thinking really hard about the best possible move and picking the opposite. I tried picking the same move ten times in a row and then changing it (I won that one, but lost the nine before that).

What are your strategies? With real people I like to call my moves in advance just to get people doublethinking. Then, if they think I’m trustworthy, they win the game, but I win the game of life. And if they don’t – I win both. It’s win/win.

I wonder if asking people what they call the game (ie the order they frame the three options in) is indicative of a person’s stock throw? Maybe it’s the one they put in the middle. I’m definitely a rock guy. Mainly because in my family a win came with the opportunity to physically demonstrate the action of the winning item. And a rock is more fun to dish out than scissors.

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the pastor of City South Presbyterian Church, a church in Brisbane, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus. If you'd like to support his writing financially you can do that by giving to his church.