MIT Robot Learns How to Play Jenga


Jenga is a complex game requiring a steady hand
and nerves of steel. As humans, we combine
our senses of sights and tough to master this game. Now, researchers
at MIT’s MCube Lab have devised an algorithm
to replicate this ability using a robot. Unlike typical
machine-learning methods that rely on huge data sets to
decide their next best action, this robot learns and
uses a hierarchical model that enables gentle and
accurate extraction of pieces. This model allows the robot to
estimate the state of a piece, simulates possible moves, and
decide on a favorable one. It divides the
possible interactions between the robot
and the Jenga tower into clusters, each with
its own set of physics. The robot efficiently
and clearly identifies when a piece feels stuck
or free and decides how to extract it
using far less data. This approach as a
successful example of AI moving into the physical world. The robot learns as it
interacts with its environment and captures some of the
essential skills that define human manipulation.

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24 thoughts on “MIT Robot Learns How to Play Jenga

  1. you are using spring stifness as a constraint and as soon as the sensor hit a particular value of force ( varies according to the height of piece on which its working, the height defines the friction force ) the machine fall back and go for the other best option.
    also robot used to start with bottom because as you put more blocks above the friction force increase but thats very basic. what i love is once the block start moving and if it stuck in middle of the process it creates moments to move it and once the static friction overcome than dynamic friction (lesser one) act and pull it out further we all know. what if you try to pull out two adjacent blocks at the same time but in opposite direction guess it against the rules.

  2. that video gave me an idea to make an AI having skills like a physicist. WHich can solve scientific probles by analysing and applying the laws. i also think of a name the AI will have. i will called it NEWTON

  3. Класс. На брусках, в начале ролика, на Украинском языке написано "Вежа", что в переводе означает "вышка или башня". Везде украинский след.

  4. The background music of this video… I've heard it used in the PC game, "Stars in Shadow" (a 4x title inspired by the legendary "Master of Orion" and "Master of Orion 2" titles).

    Who's the composer of it? Does it have a name?

  5. I was hoping to see a crazy high Jenna tower approaching the limits per Physics produced by a calculating robot that produces the highest possible Jenga tower

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