It only took 28 movements and 1.2 seconds for an AI to solve the Rubik’s Cube, and that’s faster than any human.
It seems like every day AI is making new leaps and bounds. Often, it will be a major challenge to see what new arena or new game artificial intelligence can solve. Twenty years ago computers were able to beat humans at chess for the first time, a few years ago they could beat the best Go players, and now, there is another game that computers have proved to be superior at, and that’s the Rubik’s cube.
Previously, a robotic lego arm was able to solve the Rubik’s cube in only 5.352 seconds, which was still longer than the world record of 3.47 seconds. But this new record of only 1.2 seconds blows those previous attempts out of the water. It’s also important to note that this is done entirely through AI and deep learning.
An AI that can think for itself
It is more or less inevitable that the advances in this field will continue to come out at a rapid pace, further widening the gap between humans and machines. In the case of the Rubik’s cube, this new AI solved it in just 20 to 30 movements, whereas it typically takes around 50 movements for a human. The current record holder is an algorithm called MiniPhase2 which was designed by MIT and solely created for the purpose of solving the Rubik’s cube in the fastest time possible.