Artificial Intelligence Solves Boring Science Experiments, Makes Interns Obsolete

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Researchers at Aberystwyth University in Wales have developed a robot that is being heralded as the first machine to have discovered new scientific knowledge independently of a human operator. Named Adam, the device has already identified the role of several genes in yeast cells, and has the ability to plan further experiments to test its own hypotheses. Ross King, from the university's computer science department, remarked that the robot is meant to take care of the tedious aspects of the scientific method, freeing up human scientists for "more advanced experiments". Across the pond at Cornell, researchers have developed a computer that can find established laws in the natural world -- without any prior scientific knowledge. 2

Such robo-scientists could be put to work unraveling complex biological systems, designing new drugs, modeling the world's climate or understanding the cosmos. At Aberystwyth University in Wales, Ross King and colleagues have created a robot called Adam that can not only carry out experiments on yeast metabolism but also reason about the results and plan the next experiment. 3

Now comes news of a bot that doesn't need to bother with any human thought at all, thank you very much. 1
  1. Robo-scientist Makes Gene Discovery--on Its Own (cnet)
  2. Artificial Intelligence Solves Boring Science Experiments, Makes Interns Obsolete (Engadget)
  3. Robot Scientists Can Think for Themselves (Reuters)

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