I've always been able to solve one side of a Rubik's Cube in under 12 seconds.
My elementary school math teacher, Mrs. O'Neill, brought one in one day when I was nine or ten years old and a bunch of my classmates played with it. I was so fascinated by the mechanics of how the edges could turn without breaking off, even when you went fast.
I solved the white side pretty quickly and everyone thought I was a genius. But that was as far as got.
It's been decades since then, and I can still solve a side in under 12 seconds, and I can even complete the top side rows pretty easily, but I never learned to solve the entire thing.
I've had friends and co-workers try and show me but the only way to solve it seems to require memorizing specific algorithms.
In my mind, that's cheating.
So I keep plugging away at it, trying to intuit my through it.
I sketched this picture to show how a robot might do it if it didn't use algorithms. It would probably use all of its limbs to solve multiple cubes at the same time, but the poster in the background is meant to show that it would probably have to stretch its own creativity a bit, where humans have to try and stretch their logic a bit.