Tuesday, April 07, 2009

All Along the Watchtower

OK, it looks like Ronald D. Moore was right - anyone else just a little freaked out about this after watching the BSG finale?
Robot Makes Scientific Discovery All By Itself

Adam

For the first time, a robotic system has made a novel scientific discovery with virtually no human intellectual input.

Scientists designed "Adam" to carry out the entire scientific process on its own: formulating hypotheses, designing and running experiments, analyzing data, and deciding which experiments to run next.

"It's a major advance," says David Waltz of the Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University. "Science is being done here in a way that incorporates artificial intelligence. It's automating a part of the scientific process that hasn't been automated in the past."

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How long before they are designing number eights? We were going to originally title this post "All Of This Has Happened Before, And All Of It Will Happen Again", pt. 4, but that would be just confusing . . .

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robert?

Anonymous said...

This really isn't big news. Much more complicated software / electronic systems have existed for last 10 years.

Anonymous said...

I generally tolerate some stretches in terms of what constitutes appropriate subject matter for a "UVA Law Blog," but this is more than a stretch. Nevertheless, it's your blog. Do with it as you will.

Rule 12 (f) said...

DING! this blog has always been about Battlestar Galactica first and UVA Law second. And if you can't see the connection between the two, I just feel sorry for you.

Anonymous said...

Can you please make it Robot instead of Robert at least?