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In Just 0.887 Seconds Another Machine Has Already Shattered the Rubik's Cube World Record

In early February, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose’s Rubik’s Cube-solving machine set a new world record with an astonishing time of just 0.9 seconds. But just two days before that happened, a new contender, Adam Beer’s Sub1, managed to solve a cube in just 0.887 seconds.

It took Beer’s machine just 20 moves to solve a Rubik’s Cube that had been scrambled by a computer algorithm, but unlike Flatland and Rose’s attempt, there were no Guinness World Record officials in attendance when it happened. That’s not to say the Sub1 didn’t shatter the world record, the attempt will just have to be verified by Guinness before it’s considered to officially be the fastest solve ever—for now.

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Scott Sommer

-sigh-

Can we make a cure for cancer or for any other diseases that plagued humanity and kills thousands of people each year? No.

Can we make a governmental system that isn’t corrupted and actually does good for both the poor, middle class, and rich so that no person is being screwed over and the country thrives? No.

Can we solve world hunger? No.

Can we make cars that run on an efficient and cheap fuel source AND make it afforadable for even the poorest of people? No.

Can Kotaku make a comment section that actually work and not just randomly stop me from typing and not have me reclick just to type three more words? Nope.

But at least we got a stupid fucking machine that can solve rubix cubes in fractions of a second that are made EVERY SINGLE YEAR and have no praticality to anything else.

In what way can this technology be used to further the benefit of mankind? Seriously, just give me ONE example where any of this kind of machine would allow us to further technological advancements? Just one. People make this shit every single year and yet, no where is it be applied to anything.

When is humanity going to sit down and say “You know, maybe solving rubix cubes is just not that important.” Especially when this is ALL they are using this for.