You might be aware of Rubik’s cube. Maybe some people master in solving the cube puzzle. But the latest discovery of an artificial intelligence algorithm is jaw-dropping. Scientists at the University of California, Irvine have developed an AI system which can solve a Rubik’s Cube in just 1.2 seconds. The new system uses artificial intelligence to solve the 3D puzzle from the beginning without any assistance from humans. The most notable thing which seems to impress is speed and expertise.
The study published on Monday in Nature Machine Intelligence explains DeepCubeA. It is an algorithm which can solve a Rubik’s cube in an average of 1.2 seconds in around 20 moves. The speed is higher, including less number of steps as that of the current world record set by human. Currently, a human can solve the puzzle in 3.47 seconds, but it requires 50 moves to do so. But the newly developed AI algorithm does not strike another record for automated Rubik’s Cube solving. In 2018, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had developed a robot that could complete the cube puzzle in 0.38 seconds. While it is not an artificial intelligence system, but it can solve Rubik’s puzzle three times faster than DeepCubeA.
Study’s author Prof Pierre Baldi noted AI could conquer the world’s best human chess and Go players. Till date, computers have not solved a more complex puzzle, including the Rubik’s cube. Thus the researchers have selected the stream for further developments in the field of artificial intelligence. As per the author, the solution to this puzzle needs symbolic, mathematical as well as abstract thinking. Thus a deep learning machine has an ability to crack such tricky puzzles is moving near to a system that can think, justify, plan, and make decisions. Baldi said DeepCubeA also functions on other combinational games like Lights Out, Sokoban, and sliding tile puzzle.