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Experimenting AI Lab Robot

Posted 15 Jan 2004 at 16:39 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Reuters says that British researchers have created a Robot Scientist that Conducts and Interprets Lab Tests The article says that the robot can formulate theories and do research and works as well as a grad student. (er, um, Did the robot verify that claim with a control subject / grad student?) They did say that there were no differences found between the lab results from the robot and from those gathered by grad students. But at least they do say the tasks they have given it were simple ones and that it's unlikely to put anyone out of a job. So basically, this robot harbinger of the future can take the grunt work out of doing lab experiments, allowing robots to yet again free the world from drudgery (that professors usually dump on grad students). One researcher says, " If you opened it up I think humans would have the advantage. We tend to be more flexible " If it really can figure out things for itself, the scientists may have invented themselves out of a job!


Wild claims makes me wonder..., posted 15 Jan 2004 at 16:40 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Ok, the robot is kind of cool, but after reading the wild claims of the article, I have some things swirling in my brain.. So now my conundrum is when they compare the robot to grad students is whether if it works as well as a grad studen are they're saying grad students don't work much or whether they say it won't put people out of a job are they still comparing and saying grad students don't put people out of a job also? When they say the robot's results were just as good as the grad students results, they never said either's results were correct. :-)

Open wide, posted 15 Jan 2004 at 16:43 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

One researcher says, " If you opened it up I think humans would have the advantage. We tend to be more flexible "

Ok, so more comparisons about robots and humans, could this mean that if you opened up a human you'd find we are more flexible? :-)

Actually, it may be at a disadvantage, posted 15 Jan 2004 at 21:07 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

The robot is all fine and dandy but... It is expensive. Thus "free" or "subsistance" wage grad students are still cheaper than a expensive robot.

Granted it may be a boon for boring, repetitive, drudgery tasks, but it can't compete costwise.

So it's likely to wind up in commercial labs where technicians and researchers cost more.

I think the point is..., posted 16 Jan 2004 at 02:47 UTC by Timster » (Master)

I think the point is that the robots do it FASTER... since the project is creating data that needs to be analyzed at a startling rate that the number of humans involved can't keep up. The robot lab researcher will help the human's keep pace.

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