“Researchers at ETH Zurich have created an AI robot with the task to learn how to play the popular labyrinth maze game. The goal of the game is simple: using two knobs, you have to steer a marble ball from a start to an end point without it falling into the holes across the board…

The robot received 6.06 hours of practice. Impressively, it beat the previous world record set by Lars Göran Danielsson, a player since 1988, who set a time of 15.41 seconds in 2022. CyberRunner completed the game in 14.48 seconds — faster by over 6% compared to the human record holder.

Notably, during the learning process, the robot discovered shortcuts and found ways to cheat — a behaviour that research is studying as an innate human trait. Project lead researchers, Thomas Bi and Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea, had to step in and instruct CyberRunner to not skip parts of the maze.”

From The Next Web.