OpenAI, the San Francisco–based for-profit AI research lab, this week released a study documenting the development of an AI-linked robotic hand named Dactyl. Since May of 2017, the researchers have been trying to train Dactyl to intelligently solve the Rubik’s Cube.
For robotic systems built specifically to solve the puzzle, the Rubik’s Cube hasn’t traditionally posed much of a challenge. Some such systems have been shown to solve the puzzle in under a second, well below the previous human record of five seconds. Those robots don’t use humanoid hands, though.
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