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Robot scientist becomes first machine to discover new scientific knowledge

Thanks to Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for this article.

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Guest Comment
Fri, Apr 03, 2009, 1:13 pm CDT
This is ridiculous. The innovation belongs to the person who wrote the software.

Guest Comment
Fri, Apr 03, 2009, 5:46 pm CDT
This is ridiculous. The innovation belongs to the person who wrote the software.

...and immediately the paranoia begins.

Guest Comment
Fri, Apr 03, 2009, 8:54 pm CDT
Actually, Roger was correct when he stated that the credit goes to the person who wrote the software. There was a similar robot a few years back that could 'create art.' A question arises though: who is the real creator of the art? The robot, or the guy who ceated the software for the robot?

Guest Comment
Sat, Apr 04, 2009, 9:42 am CDT
This is different than an art robot. This computer software is LEARNING. If we intill a human with knowledge, and they regurgatate that information, the originator of the knowledge shold be credited. But if that human uses that knowledge to learn somthing new, then they can be credited with discovering that NEW knowledge. Same thing applies here.

Can I take credit for the intelect of my children? I think not. But if I was a good parent and taught them everything I know; when they make some sort of scientic discovery beyond what I taought them, I would hope they at least thank me.

Guest Comment
Sat, Apr 04, 2009, 1:14 pm CDT
Adam? Eve? I just can't stand it when "scientists" use religious names and terms in their work. It is unprofessional to say the least. Oh, don't get me started on astronomers!

Guest Comment
Sat, Apr 04, 2009, 11:31 pm CDT
Dem robots gonna take over the world TAKE OVAH THE WORLD!!! Stop the automation we all gonna die in robot apoclypse OOOOOHHHHHH NNNNNOOOOEEESSS!!!!!

Guest Comment
Sun, Apr 05, 2009, 1:16 pm CDT
omfg derick iz rite! WEEZ ALL GUNNA DIE!!! and shutup charles. noone cares what scientists name their work. If you don't like, buy the program and rename it.
Kie Hall

Guest Comment
Sun, Apr 05, 2009, 5:10 pm CDT
My penis is telling me that the world will end shortly

Guest Comment
Sun, Apr 05, 2009, 7:09 pm CDT
Thank u for all belivin that the world will ended by the robot menace fight my brothers FIGHT!!!!! Destroy them or they will become self aware and realize we are no threat to them we have to stop them if you would like to talk with me about fighting the good fight my xbox gamertag is LivingDestroyer FIGHT FOR THE CAUSE FFIIGGHHTT!!!!!!
Uncle B

Guest Comment
Sat, Jun 06, 2009, 2:21 pm CDT
lab tech for a long, long, time, and understand all too well how data can be corrupted by a tired moment, lack of coffee, a clod or even a sneeze! let a computer do the drudge-work! I like it! Write more software like this aviod dependency on Microsoft , they are going the way of GM! the world will survive this! may science be advanced again!

Guest Comment
Wed, Sep 02, 2009, 2:54 pm CDT
adam was the first human, and eve the second human. i hope you realize the names used by the scientist have no religious connotations but just a symbolic meaning of something new.
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