Robot Makes Scientific Discovery All by Itself♦

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Robot Makes Scientific Discovery All by Itself♦

Postby onepence~2 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:03 pm

He can come up with a hypothesis, plan an experiment, reason about the results, and then plan his next steps.

Now ADAM is the first robot—but maybe not the last—to have independently discovered new scientific information, according to scientists who recently built themselves the mechanical colleague. ... tists.html

o test ADAM's capabilities, King's team gave the robot the task of discovering more about the genome of baker's yeast, a simple microbe often used as a model for studying more complex biological systems.

First ADAM was given a crash course in biology, including everything that is already known about baker's yeast.

ADAM quickly set to work, formulating and testing 20 different hypotheses. The robot eventually identified the genes that code for enzymes involved in yeast metabolism—a scientific first for a robot.

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