We are Not the Highest Life Form

Can computers replace scientists?

The Cornell computer program uses a technique called genetic programming that starts with random guesses at a solution and then employs an evolution-inspired algorithm to shuffle and change pieces of the equations until it finds a solution that works….. The computer discovered principles like the conservation of energy and momentum.

[A British computer named Adam] came up with a hypothesis about genes in baker's yeast and the enzymes produced by the genes. It then designed and ran experiments to test its hypothesis. Using the results, it revised its hypothesis and ran more experiments before arriving at its conclusions. Human scientists then repeated the experiments. Adam was right.

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  1. Tom H. says:

    I find that computers are definitely more polite.

  2. Stephen C. says:

    Have you all ever considered that if we ever are visited by ETs, it is most unlikely that they will be biological entities.

  3. Bart says:

    Maybe they should give Adam the task of reforming U.S. health care.

  4. Ruth says:

    Bart, I like the way you think.