When AI is asked to get to the finish line, it tends to build a very tall robot that gets there by falling over.— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) April 26, 2019
I copied that strategy and almost broke @SimoneGiertz's robot workshop. (Sorry!)https://t.co/5jf8HaFfhH pic.twitter.com/8Gua5PNGSd
This is the robot-building stage at which it became obvious what our strategy was going to be, and @SimoneGiertz came by to say "Okay, so, um, although the rules didn't *technically* specify..."— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) April 28, 2019
She decided to let us compete.
Shown: @dfromm, me, Simone, and the "Lean Machine"
Here are the robots at the starting line.— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) April 28, 2019
When they said go, the robots all started twitching, flailing, and slowly rotating.
Except for ours.
In the first half-second of the race it slammed its face toward the finish line
... and missed it by an inch.