Here at Giz, we pretty much depend on the fact that robots will one day rise up against us and squash us like an irritating insect. Hell, all those Science Fiction movies and novels can't be wrong.
The RuBot 2 from inventor Pete Redmond is designed with the specific task of solving a Rubik's Cube. It uses two hi-res cameras to scan all six sides of a cube, then uses some
artificial intelligence software to work out how to solve the puzzle. Then, its pneumatic arms flick the cube from side to side, making rapid-fire adjustments to the cube until the problem is solved.
The whole process takes 35 seconds, which is well off the human record of 9.55 seconds. To us, it doesn't look like this robot will be taking part in the demise of humankind, when people have its number so convincingly. Keep practising RuBot 2...