Why It's Almost Impossible to Solve a Rubik's Cube in Under 3 Seconds | WIRED

The current world record for solving a Rubik's cube is 3.47 seconds. Could it be faster? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez explores the mind-boggling math and finger-twisting world of speed cubing. Read more on this story from Robbie on WIRED.com: www.wired.com/story/how-to-solve-a-rubiks-cube-in-5-seconds-or-less/

Here are some links for some of the information and cubers we consulted:

World Cube Association

Tom Rokicki's Paper on "God's Number"

MIT Robot (built by Ben Katz & Jared Di Carlo) Breaks Rubik's Cube Record
Video: trvision.net/detail/video-OZu9gjQJUQs.html
Text: news.mit.edu/2018/featured-video-solving-rubiks-cube-record-time-0316

World Record-Holder Feliks Zemdegs

Competitive Cuber Tiffany Chien from the Rubik's Cube Club at Berkeley
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  • There was a robot that solved it under a second

    MeliodasMeliodas53 dakika önce
  • It took me 3hours to learn how to solve fast XD

    MeliodasMeliodas54 dakika önce
  • 5:28 R B' R' F R B R' F' R B R' F R B' R' F'

    Dnns FresDnns Fres2 saatler önce
  • Look this man did this “thing “in on 4 sec Wired heard the conversation Wired: lets create a video titled why is almost impossible to do this “thing” in 3 sec

    Xx ACE xXXx ACE xX2 saatler önce
  • You think you are good? There is always an asian out there who can do better.

    Brian VarillaBrian Varilla4 saatler önce
  • Machine has solved in 0.33 secs

    V乇几Ø爪 PUBG MOBILEV乇几Ø爪 PUBG MOBILE8 saatler önce
  • Just make it to where it takes 1 turn to solve the Rubik's Cube...

    Paul CastilloPaul Castillo9 saatler önce
  • Wrong i saw a vid

    Foxy 5906Foxy 59069 saatler önce
  • Cubing huh? I remember when I was a virgin.

    IC CIC C9 saatler önce
  • There isn’t billions of ways to scramble a cube there is 43 quintillion ways to scramble a cube

    DeRpS GamesDeRpS Games9 saatler önce
  • The hardest scrambled cube is when the corner is twisted

    Jhs GuyJhs Guy9 saatler önce
  • Lol, my record for a 3x3 is 57.04 and 2x2 is 8.47

    Lucalou 1Lucalou 19 saatler önce
  • i solved it... it only took me 3 and a half years

    junior baileyjunior bailey11 saatler önce
  • The rubies cube isn’t related to math it’s annoying when people ask if I’m good at math when I solve one, it’s just muscle memory -_-

    SuudiiSuudii11 saatler önce
  • No matter how good you think you are, there will always be an asian kid who’s better

    Bryan TranBryan Tran11 saatler önce
  • i’ve had this rubik’s cube for 5 years now and it hasn’t been solved since

    taetae11 saatler önce
  • My first cube that i solved took me an hour, then 15 minutes

    Rosalie StellaRosalie Stella14 saatler önce
    • Right now i average 2 minutes.

      Rosalie StellaRosalie Stella14 saatler önce
  • I can solve it 😊😊

    Sadie LewisSadie Lewis14 saatler önce
  • Five point SIX NINE XD

    bgg Geometrybgg Geometry14 saatler önce
  • Rubix cube Methods

    Unique Azrael' GamingUnique Azrael' Gaming15 saatler önce
  • Next: New W.R. 2.99 seconds

    Potatoisprook YTPotatoisprook YT15 saatler önce
  • Um... no it’s not the record is 2 seconds

    Zack Attack777Zack Attack77715 saatler önce
  • Why is almost impossible to solve a rubik's cube in all eternity.

    DJ POEHLERDJ POEHLER17 saatler önce
  • Are you Trevor Noah?

    King Whyvern DragoonKing Whyvern Dragoon17 saatler önce
  • Wdym billions and billions ways to scramble there are 43 quadrillion

    ShOk jayjayShOk jayjay20 saatler önce
  • He said he was ashamed of solving the cube in 1 minute and 40 secs but my minimum time is 3 minutes. :(

    James Graham JrJames Graham Jr20 saatler önce
  • Roses are red, Violets are blue, There is always an asian, Who is better than you.

    Calz20VideosCalz20Videos21 saatler önce
  • *Thanks now I know why I could only solve it in 3.1 seconds*

    Yaboi 35Yaboi 3521 saatler önce
  • Patrick Ponce solved it in 2.99

    Kasa JizoKasa Jizo22 saatler önce
  • My dad could solve it in 46 seconds, but i think for me it will take me a few months!

    Víctor López FernándezVíctor López Fernández23 saatler önce
  • Ewww , cfop

    Hai V.NHai V.NGün önce
  • So what is the solve algorithm anyway?

    Cole 1104Cole 1104Gün önce
  • Average record as 5. *69* seconds

  • I don’t even know how to solve one, heck even get close to solving it.

    ThirdPartyEJ JulianaThirdPartyEJ JulianaGün önce
  • Who came here for the comments?

    Alfie macAlfie macGün önce
  • My best record is 55 seconds and after that I kinda just stopped playing around with my cube

    Proper AsianProper AsianGün önce
  • Is it possible to solve rubiks cube in just 0.38 secs ? Watch this to find out . trvision.net/detail/video-wX4fYVxqll4.html

    KooKiePHKooKiePHGün önce
  • "1minute 45 seconds im ashamed" Me: yeahhh pss totallyyy doesnt take me a week

    Yanitsy MunizYanitsy MunizGün önce
  • Yeah, I was wondering why I kept solving it in 4 seconds instead of 3 seconds. Very informative, thank you.

    iKinqBlaze !iKinqBlaze !Gün önce
  • I can’t even solve my life problems xd

    Ghost_ Julio8391Ghost_ Julio8391Gün önce
  • *if it’s almost impossible, then it’s basically just possible*

    EzAb CatEzAb CatGün önce
  • When you get a documentary on a toy

    David MiguelDavid MiguelGün önce
    • The toy that creates a loving for some people

      L3ONL3ON21 saatler önce
  • "Why it's Almost Impossible to Solve A Rubik's Cube" Fixed the title for ya free of charge.

    Charles BrownCharles BrownGün önce
    • Its actually really easy

      DeltaDelta2 saatler önce
    • Right?

      robert donaldsonrobert donaldson19 saatler önce
    • Lol

      Chicken GamerChicken Gamer20 saatler önce
  • This guy is a great journalist

    ChankleTownChankleTownGün önce
  • Now, do a ∞by ∞by ∞ Rubick's cube in 3 seconds. Your welcome.

    Abhinav PathakAbhinav PathakGün önce
  • cool... few weeks ago I bought myself a 1 ever cube... and I'm over 40 ;) what tools did you use to learn how to solve it?

    Steve WalczakSteve WalczakGün önce
  • I solved a 3×3×3 in 2 seconds with no tutorial

    Bruin FahyBruin FahyGün önce
  • But We're Soo Close!

    GD ZodixcGD ZodixcGün önce
  • WTF

    Tuan Dang dinhTuan Dang dinhGün önce
  • I ha e never played with one....

    JJcupcake 507JJcupcake 507Gün önce
  • Is it?

    ZeXo NobleZeXo NobleGün önce
  • Урот Ренат и шакал

    CSGO миниCSGO мини2 gün önce
  • feliks zemdegs

    guillermobanditoguillermobandito2 gün önce
  • I solved it when i was about 13 after messing with it for a month. A few months ago my kids got one and I solved while messing with it fit a few hours. Then scrambled it and tried a few days later and solved it after a few frustrating hours. The reason it's frustrating is I don't know why I solve it. I don't have anything memorized. I just keep finishing a side then try another with out messing up the first and keep doing that until it's complete. It's frustrating because it takes so long... but satisfying because I have no idea why I am able to finish it in the first place.

    Leon JimenezLeon Jimenez2 gün önce
  • was expecting a more rigorous answer as to why 3 secs precisely. the math part suggested a lower Bound around 2 secs. dislike

    SirCalculatorSirCalculator2 gün önce
  • This was actually a really get video. You talked to a range of different experts who knew exactly what they were talking about. And made it easy for laypeople to understand. I think it's rare to see journalistic videos on TRvision with this much effort put into them, but it absolutely pays off. If only more TRvision videos could be this well-researched. The presenter trying it out himself made it even more interesting and relatable I think.

    Deplorable CitizenDeplorable Citizen2 gün önce
  • Y does the dude look high asf

    Kevin YanezKevin Yanez2 gün önce
  • i know 5 algorithims and i can solve it in 2-4 minutes. with a rubiks - origin cube

    NoahTomori •NoahTomori •2 gün önce
  • *takes solved rubiks cube* *turns one side* *turns side back* solved in under 3 seconds

    Tripwire GamerTripwire Gamer2 gün önce
  • The fastest is 0.38 seconds but is was by an machine

    MrSaladBar 1MrSaladBar 12 gün önce
  • What's *Impossible* is to subscribe to this channel in 3 seconds

    renata brukienerenata brukiene2 gün önce
  • trvision.net/detail/video-nt00QzKuNVY.html sure

    Sophia MendozaSophia Mendoza2 gün önce
  • Asian!!

    Handsome MichaelHandsome Michael2 gün önce
  • I can solve the 1x1

    IruhsIruhs2 gün önce
  • World record is at 2.88 seconds????

  • The other kids face at 2:40

    Spencer MurraySpencer Murray2 gün önce
  • Title : Me : not until some crazy guy showed up

    J0yb0yJ0yb0y2 gün önce
  • My cousin did it in 2.5 seconds ...

    Lorenzo MontanelliLorenzo Montanelli2 gün önce
  • this makes me feel so smart that I can solve one in 50 seconds as my own record *not trying to show-off, I can’t name any state*

    fσямєяиєωт67603fσямєяиєωт676032 gün önce
    • Yey at least i’m a bit faster than someone :D

      Pavel Mikhail QuiambaoPavel Mikhail Quiambao2 gün önce
  • Um, have you ever heard of Max Park, the 3x3 record holder and 3x3 average record holder

    DracoAceDracoAce2 gün önce
  • The unofficial world record it's 2.99 seconds

    amalgamateamalgamate3 gün önce
  • Well speed is not my problem, I am just unable to solve it

    eddieeddie3 gün önce
  • I can do it in 5 sec . . . Yeah, i can totally scramble the cube in 5 sec

    Rezky NabilRezky Nabil3 gün önce
  • *solves cube in. 2.99999999999999999999999999 sec* wired:this does bring a smile to my face

    Milo And BellaMilo And Bella3 gün önce
  • There is this machine that can solve a cube in 0.31 seconds

    Milo And BellaMilo And Bella3 gün önce
  • My record is 22.43 seconds on a 3x3 and 5 seconds for 2x2

    rKaderKade3 gün önce
  • This is such a good series

    logan darbzlogan darbz3 gün önce
  • Just because my nerd younger brother can solve it my parent apparently thinks he’s smarter

    Nay SoeNay Soe3 gün önce
  • lie you can solve a rubick's cube ther's a thing called a 1x1 boom proven wrong

    Laurey bennettLaurey bennett3 gün önce
  • I learned it in 19 hours

    Wolf GamerWolf Gamer3 gün önce
  • I solved my rubix cube in 5.94 seconds is that really good?

    1000SubsWithNoVideo?1000SubsWithNoVideo?3 gün önce
  • It takes me about 30 minutes to get the stickers off but only 5 minutes to put them back on.

    CagedCaged3 gün önce
  • so what u do for a living? uh i am a speed cuber

    Diogo FernandesDiogo Fernandes3 gün önce
  • It took me 6 years. A very pointless activity. If they told me about the formulas and it's all about memory, I wouldn't have wasted so many hours. They just have good memory skills, for one very narrow hobby.

    D CheemaD Cheema3 gün önce
  • Me: I can solve a Rubik's cube in under a second... Also me: solving a 1x1

    Tyreese leTyreese le3 gün önce
  • 2x2 is much harder

    Emman024z34 YTEmman024z34 YT3 gün önce
  • Next video: Why it's almost impossible to reach the stars Answer: Why, because it's impossible

    Hamad MohammedHamad Mohammed3 gün önce
    • Sun is a star

      viva bolaviva bolaGün önce
  • I’m watching this video and see My cousin is working on a rubiks cube but she told me she is doing random moves BUT I see she finished it WHAT!!!!!!!!

    Vivian QuachVivian Quach3 gün önce
  • confirm, Feliks is a robot.

    Enrico MalijanEnrico Malijan3 gün önce
  • ??!! I found my old rubix cube and then instantly got recommended this video thank you fbi agent

    Peeper GumballPeeper Gumball3 gün önce
    • Lold

      Blade RunnerBlade Runner6 saatler önce
  • I needed 1 hour or so to learn it :D

    Liefer RandLiefer Rand3 gün önce
  • *someone solves it in 3 seconds Weird: why it’s almost impossible to solve a cube in 2 seconds

    Abrahim EisaAbrahim Eisa4 gün önce
  • Steps to beat a Rubix Cube Under 3 Seconds... 1. Be Asian, or born as a Asian

    Loli CatcherLoli Catcher4 gün önce
  • Really professional research 👍🏻👍🏻 good job 👏

    David WarnerDavid Warner4 gün önce
  • WIRED: Solving a Rubik's Cube in Under 3 Seconds is Almost Impossible Random Asian Guy in the Future: Hold my milk tea...

    Tim TrastaneTim Trastane4 gün önce
  • Its not impossible to solve 2×2 rubik cube under 3 second

    md Arsyadmd Arsyad4 gün önce
  • WIRED: Why It's Almost Impossible to Solve a Rubik's Cube in Under 3 Seconds computer: solves in 0.56 seconds everyone: bruh

    Ben ZhangBen Zhang4 gün önce
  • i wonder what would happen if you a gave an unsolvable cube to a cube speeder

    だれもだれも4 gün önce
    • We would identify it before we got to the last layer

      Ram ThakkarRam Thakkar3 gün önce
  • I remember seeing someone solving a rubik's cube in seconds but celebrated before putting his hands down.

    Riley TomeldanRiley Tomeldan4 gün önce
  • My friend can do it in 3 seconds

    BestRobloxerBestRobloxer4 gün önce
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