We’ve seen the development of machines and AI programs that can play strategic games like Go, Chess and even StarCraft 2, but to create a machine that can play Jenga is no small feat.

Mechanical Engineers at MIT have combined a robotic arm with a robotic camera, force-sensing wrist cuff and a soft-pronged gripper. These, along with a machine learning algorithm, enables the arm to know which block can be moved and repositioned without toppling the tower. This “smart arm” quickly learns how to successfully pick, prod, push and place blocks much like most “seasoned” Jenga players.

So what are the implications of having a robotic arm that’s smart and sensitive enough to do well in a deceptively simple game like Jenga? Find out in this story: https://newatlas.com/mit-jenga-playing-robot/58276/

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