Artificial Researcher

Researchers said Wednesday that they have created the world's first robotic scientist, a system that can form theories, devise experiments, and then carry out the experiments almost entirely without human help. The system, say its British creators, did just as well as biology graduate students in solving a problem in genetics, according to an article in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Although the system uses robotic equipment common in modern laboratories, this is the first time that a machine has carried out so many of the roles traditionally done by scientists.