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May 5, 2009

Meet Adam, the Robotic Junior Lab Assistant

The BBC News reports that scientists in the U.K. have created a robot that can perform experiments on its own. The robot is named Adam and is described as the first automated machine to have independently "discovered new scientific knowledge." This was accomplished when Adam identified the role of several genes in yeast cells and then planned future experiments to test the hypotheses. The team of computer scientists at Aberystwyth University who developed the robot say it's a prototype for machines that could be commonly used in labs to complete mundane experiments, freeing up scientists to carry out more advanced work.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at May 5, 2009 1:46 AM
category: Artificial Invention


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