MIT is teaching a robot to beat you at Jenga

Popular Science | 1/30/2019 | Staff
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Fazeli and his colleagues built the robot with two finger-like appendages it can use to push on a block and later grasp it. The machine relies on two sensors to perceive its Jenga-filled world: a camera that sees the tower, and a force sensor in its “wrist” to know how hard it is pushing. While they had to build its gripper component, the arm itself is a off-the-shelf-style robotic device. Through those sensors and machine learning techniques like neural networks, it was able to discern the physics of the game.

The robot learned through experience. The eventual goal was for it to become “good at predicting when [it] is a good idea to keep pushing, or when [it] is a good idea to stop pushing,” says Alberto Rodriguez, the paper’s senior author and a professor of mechanical engineering...
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