Researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than a second.

The system, called DeepCubeA, was the focus of a study published this week in Nature Machine Intelligence and uses an automatic learning form that teaches itself to play to decipher the puzzle without being specifically trained by humans. That’s what makes it “special,” says Pierre Baldi, one of the algorithm developers and computer scientist at the University of California at Irvine. “Rubik’s Cube solution involves more symbolic, mathematical and abstract thinking, so a deep learning machine that can decipher a puzzle of this kind is getting closer and closer to becoming a system that can think, reason, plan and make decisions,” he says.

According to the scientist, the latest development could herald a new generation of IA deep learning systems that are more advanced than those used in commercial applications such as Siri and Alexa.

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