A chap called Mike Robson has built a robot from Lego Mindstorms parts called "CubeStormer" which can solve any 3x3 Rubik's Cube in less than 12 seconds. In many cases it can do it in less than 5. You can see it in action in the video above.
How does that compare to humans? Well, the world record is currently held by a Dutchman named Erik Akkersdijk who in 2008 solved a random cube in 7.08 seconds. Chris Dzoan solved a cube one-handed in 11.97 seconds in January, and in 2008 a Hungarian named Milán Baticz solved 4786 cubes in 24 hours.
So robots haven't quite got the jump on us yet, no doubt it's just a matter of time...
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