It was with a kind of resignation that, back in 1997, many chess aficionados received the news:
A computer called Deep Blue had bested chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. Then, just two years ago, another computer, Watson, took down the World's top two human Jeopardy champions. And now, friends, the motherboards have struck again.
Scientists at the University of Tokyo have created a robot that is unbeatable at Rock, Paper, Scissors -- or Janken, as it's called in Japanese. I'll let that sink in a second: a robot that's unbeatable at Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Analyzing its opponent's hand movements, the machine unfailingly predicts what form that hand is taking. Then, within microseconds, it shoots out its winning move.
Well, you can begrudge the new robot for sucking all the fun from the game. But I for one, bow solemnly to the new robot Janken master. And, I'd like to remind it that, as a trusted radio personality, I can be helpful in rounding up other humans to do its every bidding.
Which is why we turned to Twitter for your musical suggestions to honour Robot Janken Master's supremacy.
Johanna Preston suggested "Wondering Where the Cylons Are?" Which is a great idea, except it's not a real song. It's a play on Bruce Cockburn's "Wondering Where the Lions Are".
Lori M Olson suggests the Arrogant Worms "Killer Robots From Venus" -- a real song, but a satirical one. I hope Robot Janken Master has a sense of humour.
Many of you suggested Dan Mangan's 'Robots' -- which is indeed a fine song, one we recently played on the show to accompany another story about robots taking over the world.
George S. Blott voted for Neil Young's "Transformer Man", and Ashley Comeau tapped "Robot Heart" by Hawksley Workman. Great suggestions, but we've also played those two artists recently on the show.
So I think we'll go with the suggestion by Val C @folkoasis. Here's Hannah Georgas, with "Robotic".