A ROBOT created by German engineers has beaten the record for 'doing the cube', as they said in the 1980s, solving the puzzle in just over 0.6 seconds.
The Sub1 Reloaded bot analysed the Rubik's Cube and sorted it in just 21 moves at an event during the Electronica Fair in Munich.
The time of 0.637 shaves a quarter of a second off the former record of 0.887 set by a previous iteration of the same machine. It slashed the current human record of 4.904 seconds set in 2015.
"We want to show that problems can be solved much more efficiently using microelectronics," Infineon spokesman Gregor Rodehueser told the BBC.
"This is also the case when it comes to automated driving, where you have to have very low latencies and absolutely reliable and quick technologies."
A special low-latency cube was used to reduce 'drag', but it was apparently confirmed as acceptable by the World Cube Association, which governs competitive Rubik activity, because apparently that’s a thing.
It’s yet to be confirmed by Guinness World Records as no-one was present from the organisation, although that doesn’t necessarily preclude validation.
"If Infineon feels they have beaten the current record, we encourage them to make an application on our website and submit their evidence for our records management team to review," said a spokesGuinness.
However, questions remain about the validity of the exercise in reference to self-driving cars.
After all, it's one thing to have a super whizzy processor that can react to seeing a toy for the first time, but what happens in an environment where the chip has to cope with hundreds of decisions simultaneously where there’s no indication of when or where the next decision will come from? µ
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