Rubik's Cube Record Is Not Only Broken, It's Smashed... By A Machine

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in News & Politics Tech


Two guys from MIT made a machine that halved the previous record and solved the puzzle in .38 seconds.
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Male 906
Rubik's cubes were fun before I knew that there was an algorithm to solving them. Just memorize the steps and repeat until completed...
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Male 23
toetagmodel2 The fun is seeing how fast you can solve it.  To get REALLY fast, you have to be able to instantly recognize patterns and memorize hundreds of algorithms.  Or you could learn the standard methods and never be able to get under 1 minute
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6,390
not an official cube 
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Male 6,496
I don't like how they allow people going for the record to study it before hand. The time should start as soon as it is handed to them - not when they start turning it. Studying it is parts of solving it.
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markust123 I agree, though it would make computers even faster than humans at the task. But really, the 'solving' is done in the inspection in these speed runs, so I'm not sure why the mental time doesn't count.
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Male 1,788
looks like the time was limited by inertia. 
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Male 339
while impressive programming i don't think its really much of an improvement.  Machines are better at repetitive motions and patterns than humans speedwise, so this is really a water is wet kind achievement.
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Male 9,901
As my father used to say: "Shit-fire Mrs. Agnes."
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Male 9,349
Can it solve ANY variation upon being loaded or does it need to be programmed ahead of time?
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Male 1,023
normalfreak2 I would imagine the machine is programmed with an algorithm which will solve the cube with a number of set moves from any configuration. The machine would then continuously cycle through the algorithm until the cube is solved, I guess it uses cameras to identify when that is. 
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Male 899
normalfreak2 Someone made a Lego version that can solve based on a vision system.  If they didn't do the same here, shame on them.
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