Rock Paper Scissors – Virtual ring where two computers endlessly battle algorithms

Created by the Weimar based collective weAREmedienkuenstler, Rock Paper Scissors is a game played between two computers. Like in the classic game, each computer runs its own random algorithm, choosing one of the three possible items. Connected by an ethernet cable, each computer plays its hand — the winning pc gets a point.

In contrast to the human variant, the system lacks the pseudo-tactical ability to read the opponent. In this case the algorithms process leading to the decision uses the same random number generator. The process of learning or tactics are excluded and yet the viewer is tempted to pick a side. In the classic battle of black versus white pawns one instinctively chosen by preferred colour or bets are placed on the outcome of the game. In this scenario, the computer will fight to the end in the virtual ring - the viewer picks the side.

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