Photos: Meet Berti the robot

The nimble-fingered machine is already an old pro at rock, paper, scissors, randomly generating hand shapes and using sensors to determine the outcome.

Berti's hand
Oh, what a tangled web we weave/When dextrous robots we conceive. Tim Ferguson/

The path to the eventual robot domination of humankind may begin with a simple game of rock, paper, scissors.

A robot called Berti (short for Bristol Elumotion Robotic Torso 1) showed off its skill at the game last week at London's Science Museum, randomly generating one of the three hand shapes and using sensors to tell whether the outcome was a win, loss, or draw. It's apparently quite adept at moving its fingers and thumb in a variety of ways.

Obviously, the next skill to master is thumb wrestling.

Check out photos of Berti , along with a smiling bot-head named Erwin, from our colleagues at

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Jonathan Skillings is managing editor of CNET News, based in the Boston bureau. He's been with CNET since 2000, after a decade in tech journalism at the IDG News Service, PC Week, and an AS/400 magazine. He's also been a soldier and a schoolteacher, and will always be a die-hard fan of jazz, the brassier the better.


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