Trash-talking Scrabble-playing robot isn't very good

Robot creators interested more in human interaction than a Scrabble champion

In this blog, we've presented many robots that will soon take over humanity's roles in many ways, whether it's the robot soldier that can chase you down, ride a bike or dance to Gangnam Style.

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Now comes a video, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, of a robot that can play Scrabble. But before you think this 'bot will be creating 8-letter words out of 7 consonants, watch this video. The creators intentionally made a robot that you could beat at the game. Because they're looking more at the robot's ability to interact with humans, rather than beating them at a board game.

Of course, you still should be somewhat good at Scrabble. The robot will probably win if you can only play words like "CAT" or "THE".

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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