This smart, agile MIT robot plays a mean game of Jenga

CNET | 1/30/2019 | Bonnie Burton
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Would you challenge MIT's latest robot to a friendly game of Jenga?

Robots are already master chess players and can solve a Rubik's cube in record time. So why not set them loose on the game of Jenga?

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MIT researchers have developed a new kind of robot that's equipped with a soft-pronged gripper, a force-sensing wrist cuff, and an external camera -- all of which it uses to play a mean game of Jenga.

In Jenga, players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then replaced on top of the tower, which ends up making a more unstable structure. Whoever topples the tower by taking out a block first loses the game.

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Using machine learning, MIT's new robot can look for the ideal block to remove. It does this by carefully pushing against a block, then taking in visual and tactile feedback from its camera and cuff and comparing the measurements to moves it already made to "learn" the ways of Jenga.

From the data collected, the robot then weighs the possible outcomes of different moves -- specifically, whether a block in a certain configuration, and pushed with a...
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