Recently I found this funny link.
From the text:
Computers mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence. Choose from two different modes: novice, where the computer learns to play from scratch, and veteran, where the computer pits over 200,000 rounds of previous experience against you.
Play it, and post your results.
First time, I played against the computer in ‘veteran’ mode.
What does it mean that I could beat the computer, but so narrow, and so many ties?
Second time, I played ‘novice’ mode. I lost terribly. Why?
Third time I succeeded to keep up against the novice. How did I do that? (I stopped at 27 rounds, because I liked the symmetry of the result…)
Things to think about: can a computer better play random than I can? Can I play better random than the average player? Can I guess the rule the ‘novice’ is using, or the average player? What is your experience?