Monday, April 6, 2009

Job Swap: This Robot Is The Scientist

Ross King, a computer scientist at Aberystwyth University, stands next to his "robot scientist" creation called Adam. Credit: Aberystwyth University

From Live Science:

"I don't even know why the scientists make them!" exclaims a "Saturday Night Live" character in a skit about rampaging robots. Now she has an answer — at least some scientists make robots to do science.

A science-savvy robot called Adam has successfully developed and tested its first scientific hypothesis, all without human intervention. This hints at a future where robots could spare lab assistants and post-docs some of the drudgery of research.

"We've now demonstrated that Adam can do some novel biology work," said Ross King, a computer scientist and biologist at Aberystwyth University in the UK.

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