Using AI to run scientific experiments

Nature 427, 181 (15 January 2004); doi:10.1038/427181ba British team unveils an automated system that “originates hypotheses to explain observations, devises experiments to test these hypotheses, physically runs the experiments using a laboratory robot, interprets the results to falsify hypotheses inconsistent with the data, and then repeats the cycle”.

What’s more, when set loose on experiments to investigate the genetic control of important metabolic pathways in yeast, it performs more cost effectively than scientifically educated human volunteers.

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