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OpenAI has disbanded its robotics team after years of research into machines that can learn to perform tasks like solving a Rubik’s Cube. Company cofounder Wojciech Zaremba quietly revealed on a podcast hosted by startup Weights & Biases that OpenAI has shifted its focus to other domains, where data is more readily available.

“So it turns out that we can make a gigantic progress whenever we have access to data. And I kept all of our machinery unsupervised, [using]reinforcement learning — [it]work[s]extremely well. There [are]actually plenty of domains that are very, very rich with data. And ultimately that was holding us back in terms of robotics,” Zaremba said. “The decision [to disband the robotics team]was quite hard for me. But I got the realization some time ago that actually, that’s for the best from the perspective of…

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