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Rubik's Cube creator reflects on toy's 50 year fame

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 12 October 20221. Various of Erno Rubik playing with Rubik's cube2.SOUNDBITE (English) Ern? Rubik, Rubik's Cube Inventor++PARTIALLY COVERED++"Problem solving, it's a very basic activity of the human mind. And if a problem is complex, you need to divide the problem into smaller elements, smaller pieces."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: London - 10 December 19813. STILL of Rubik with cubeASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 12 October 20224. SOUNDBITE (English) Ern? Rubik, Rubik's Cube Inventor++PARTIALLY COVERED++"So it started in Hungary very slowly. They were behind the Iron Curtain and it took about three years to cross the border, and after that, in the two or three years, it became a really worldwide craze."5. Tight of Rubik holding cube6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ern? Rubik, Rubik's Cube Inventor++PARTIALLY COVERED++"And so for me, that cube represented what freedom means. Freedom is never endless. So that does not exist, endless freedom -- all the time there are limitations of freedom. But the important thing is to find what the real potential is of the freedom and which lets you do what is necessary to achieve your goals so that and everything is there, so it depends only you."7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ern? Rubik, Rubik's Cube Inventor"Probably the one of the main key of the cube is the contradiction between complexity and simplicity."8. Tight of Rubik's Cube in display packageTEXT ON SCREEN: "The original 3x3 Rubik's has 43 quintillion possible configurations. (That's 43,000,000,000,000,000,000)"ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Budapest, Hungary - 10 February 20109. Various of people playing with Rubik's Cubes at "speed cubing" eventTEXT ON SCREEN: "The toy spawned a global competition circuit called "speed cubing." The world record holder solved a Rubik's Cube in 3.47 seconds."ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 12 October 202210. SOUNDBITE (English) Ern? Rubik, Rubik's Cube Inventor"If we find the challenge and find something difficult and find a solution, it's much more enjoyable than to find something that is trivial."ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 12 October 202211. SOUNDBITE (English) Ern? Rubik, Rubik's Cube Inventor++COVERED++"Millions of people are sharing this feeling. And that's a good thing."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Budapest, Hungary - 10 February 201012. Various of people playing with Rubik's Cubes at "speed cubing" eventSTORYLINE:If you've ever had trouble solving a Rubik's Cube, a good piece of advice is to break it down into steps. It's worth a shot: That advice is from the man who made it."Problem solving is a very basic activity of the human mind and if a problem is complex you need to divide the problem into smaller elements," says Ern? Rubik, who invented the cube in 1974.Rubik has seen his color-matching puzzle go from a classroom teaching tool in Cold War-era Hungary to a worldwide phenomenon with over 450 million cubes sold and a mini-empire of related toys."For me, the cube represents what freedom means. Freedom is never endless," he says during a recent visit to New York. "It lets you do what is necessary to achieve your goal."The original 3x3 Rubik's has 43 quintillion — 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 — possible configurations, but the principles behind the cube have been refashioned for 2x2, 4x4 and 5x5 cubes, a board game called Rubik's Race, a pyramid, a tower and a Christmas tree, among others. It even made the transition to electronic media with Rubik's Revolution and Rubik's Touch. Spin Master acquired the brand in 2021.Their latest brain-teaser is called the Phantom, which takes the 3x3 original cube and adds a memory test: Using thermochromic technology, the multi-color tiles revert to black unless the heat of the user's hand keeps them visible."The principle of the cube is not limited," says Rubik. "The complexity of the task is to stimulate our mind and it makes it a much more enjoyable activity."The goal of all Rubik puzzles is to start with some randomized and shuffled messy configuration and, by rotating faces or parts, get each side being a single color or a pattern of colors.Practiced cube-solvers can complete the Rubik's Cube in a matter of seconds, with the current world-record holder solving a cube in 3.47 seconds. There are also records at the World Cube Association for fastest solving while wearing a blindfold or one-handed.It took 36 years after the invention of the toy for anyone to come up with an answer for the minimum number of moves to solve it. In 2010, a group of mathematicians and computer programmers proved that any Rubik's Cube can be solved in 20 moves."One of the main keys of the cube is the contradiction between complexity and simplicity," he says. "On one hand, the cube is a very simple form. And on the other hand, the potential of the variation of movement is so complicated."The brain-bending elegance of the Rubik's Cube is part of the reason it has endured, while other faddish toys and games — Tamagotchi or Shopkins, anyone? — have not. In 2014, it landed in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining such childhood classics as Barbie, Hit Wheels, G.I. Joe and the hula hoop. The hall noted that the cube has caused its own medical condition, known as "cube's thumb" or "Rubik's wrist." The cube has also show up in TV shows and movies from "The Simpsons" to "The Pursuit of Happyness."AP Video shot by Robert BumstedProduced by Robert Bumsted===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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