Silicone brain will help science

Silicone brain will help scienceOn the background of the conflict between the scientists and the French government experience Steve Olivier from the University of Manchester looks especially impressive: with family British colleagues, he created a robot that can advance scientific hypotheses, experiments, and then to compare the results obtained with these hypotheses and to propose new ones. In short, the robot scientist who will never rebel against his Minister. "The idea is to create a computer model and to provide it with all knowledge," says Steve Olivier. His car was already able to find out the functions of the various genes of the yeast fungus. "We have compared the results with the work of real scientists in terms of speed and cost of the materials used. It turned out, the robot does everything better than the man". While the robot is only able to identify already known functions of genes. "But we think that we can get him to open up uncharted. When the path is laid, the robot will be able to go on it". So, for example, pharmaceutical science will be able to save time on creating new molecules. However, Olivier quite modest assesses the future of their silicone scientist. For if man is able to extract useful information even from unsuccessful experiments, the robot might not be able to do never. The researcher does not agree that his work threatens to put the academic community on the brink of extinction. "On the contrary, it will free up time for more creative and useful practice," he says. In an interview with the journal Nature Ron Krisle from Stanford University (California) quipped: "Robots-the scientists used a long time ago. Just still they were called by the students". Source: InoPressa.



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