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A robot that can beat you at rock, paper, scissors -- every time.

"The Jetsons" showed us a fantastical world of tomorrow. Now there's a robot that can beat you at rock, paper, scissors 100% of the time.

This final note today: For those of you into settling bets the old fashioned way, Japanese scientists have developed a robot so fast it can "win" rock-paper-scissors against a mere human every single time.

But here's the catch: The way it wins...is by cheating. It can react so quickly -- in just 0.001 second -- to what your hand is doing, that it knows what to throw out to beat you. 

So, we're sticking with what we know. Paper always wins. Also, cheaters never win. 

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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