Headline November 08 2019/ '' 'INTELLIGENCE -ARTIFICIAL- *INTERNMENT' ''




A WOMAN SCRAMBLED THE TILES of a Rubik's Cube and placed it in the palm of a robotic hand. The hand began to move, gingerly spinning the tiles with its thumb and four long fingers.

Each movement was small slow and unsteady. But soon, the colors started to align. Four minutes later, with one more twist, the hand unscrambled the last few tiles, and a cheer went up from a long line of researchers watching nearby.

The researchers work for a prominent artificial intelligence lab, OpenAI, and they had spent several months training their robotic hand for this task.

Though it could be dismissed as an attention-grabbing stunt, the feat, accomplished last week, was another step forward for robotics research.

Many researchers believe that it was an indication that they could train machines to perform far more complex tasks. That could lead to robots that can reliably sort  through packages in a warehouse or to cars that can make decisions on their own.

''Solving a Rubik's Cube is not very useful, but it shows how far we can push these techniques,'' said Peter Welinder, one of the researchers who worked on the project. ''We see this as a path to robots that can handle a wide variety of tasks.''

The project was also a way for OpenAI to promote itself as as it seeks to attract the money and the talent needed to push this sort of research forward.

The techniques under development at labs like OpenAI are enormously expensive - both in equipment and personnel - and for that reason, eye-catching demonstrations have become a staple of serious A.I. research.

The trick is separating the flash of the demo from the technological progress - and understanding the limitations of that technology.

Though OpenAI's hand can solve the puzzle in as little as four minutes, it drops the cube 8 times out of 10, the researchers said.

''This is an interesting and positive step forward, but it is really important not to exaggerate it,'' said Ken Goldberg, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who explores similar techniques.

A robot that can solve a Rubik's Cube is not new. Researchers previously designed machines specifically for the task - devices that look nothing like a hand - and they can solve the puzzle in less than a second.

But building devices that work like a human hand is a painstaking process in which engineer's spend months laying down rules that define each tiny movement. 

The OpenAI project was an achievement of sorts because its researchers did not program each movement robotic hand. That might take decades, if not centuries, considering the complexity of a mechanical device with a thumb and four fingers

The lab's researchers built a computer system that learned to solve the Rubik's Cube largely on its own.

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