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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2009,15:46   

Intelligent machines!

Two papers in Sciencemag.org, April 3, 2009:

Page 81 describes an algorithm that derives fundamental equations of motion from raw data (e.g., Hamiltonian and Lagrange equations)

Page 85 describes a robot that conducted experiments on yeast metabolism with little human intervention, then  reasoned about its results and planned appropriate next experiments. The robot, Adam, identified orphan enzymes that were confirmed (by humans) to function in yeast metabolism, solving problems that have baffled humans for the past 50 years.

The Perspective on p 43 is also worth reading, if you have access.

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"You can establish any “rule” you like if you start with the rule and then interpret the evidence accordingly." - George Gaylord Simpson (1902-1984)

  
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