Towards Robot Scientists for autonomous scientific discovery

Andrew Sparkes, Blab, Apr 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting article about how scientists like me caan be replaced - well, not me, exactly, because I don't follow enough of a method that my work could be automated, but the process of hypothesis formation and testing in general. "This will make scientific information more reproducible and reusable, and promote the integration of computers in scientific reasoning. We believe the greater automation of both the physical and intellectual aspects of scientific investigations to be essential to the future of science. Greater automation improves the accuracy and reliability of experiments, increases the pace of discovery and, in common with conventional laboratory automation, removes tedious and repetitive tasks from the human scientist." I'm not sure how much of this is parody.

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