AI-Powered Robot Solves Rubik's Cube with One Hand

Advances in AI and Robotics are demonstrating a decoupling of consciousness from intelligence that seems a bit magical. I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in a couple of minutes using algorithms I learned about 20 years ago. I have often marveled at people who compete in Rubik’s speed solve competitions. I’m not sure what the official “human” world record is, but there are videos on YouTube that show times in the sub-4.75 second range.

Just the other day, OpenAI posted a blog and video of an AI-powered one-handed robot solving a Rubik’s cube in about four minutes. The engineers accomplished this by training a pair of neural networks to operate a robotic hand. “The neural networks are trained entirely in simulation, using the same reinforcement learning code as OpenAI Five paired with a new technique called Automatic Domain Randomization (ADR). The system can handle situations it never saw during training, such as being prodded by a stuffed giraffe. This shows that reinforcement learning isn’t just a tool for virtual tasks, but can solve physical-world problems requiring unprecedented dexterity.”

The sheer number of potential practical applications of this technology should make your brain explode. Clean up in aisle 6, please.

 

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Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin" on the Westwood One Podcast Network. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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