How can it do it? One thing it certainly doesn’t do is any kind of high-level analysis of the game. It doesn’t put your last sequence of moves through a complex semantic analysis and try to predict the move. It doesn’t use anti-random tactics like “five scissors in a row” to throw you off. All it needs is a high-speed camera and quick reflexes.
As the article says, the robot cheats. It uses the high speed camera to analyze the puny human’s movements, determine what the human will do, and then counter with the superior move.
Yeah, it could probably beat us at Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock.
Real content tomorrow, I hope.