Robot scientist makes discoveries without human help

Posted: April 19, 2009 in Technology
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From article:

A robot scientist that can generate its own hypotheses and run experiments to test them has made its first real scientific discoveries.

Dubbed Adam, the robot is the handiwork of researchers at Aberystwyth University and the University of Cambridge in the UK. All by itself it discovered new functions for a number of genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, aka brewer’s yeast.

Ross King, a computational biologist at Aberystwyth, who leads the project, said that Adam’s results were modest, but real. “It’s certainly a contribution to knowledge. It would be publishable,” he says.

Adam, which actually consists of a small roomful of lab equipment, has four personal computers that act as a brain, and possesses robot arms, cameras, liquid handlers, incubators and other equipment. The team gave the robot a freezer containing a library of thousands of mutant strains of yeast with individual genes deleted. It was also equipped with a database containing information about yeast genes, enzymes, and metabolism, and a supply of hundreds of metabolites.

Robot technology is progressing at a rapid pace and will soon change everything including the way we think and see the world.

It´s looking bright for robots in the future.

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WOG out.

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