Saturday, January 17, 2004

The Takeover Begins... An amusing news brief from Scientific American. It seems that researchers at the University of Wales have constructed a robot that can not only carry out experiments, but can also formulate hypotheses, design experiments for testing them, and interpret the resulting data. In fact, the robot seems to carry out these tasks more efficianetly than the average graduate student. The article is quick to point out, reassuringly, that graduate students will not be rendered obsolete, they will simply have more time freed up for more worthwhile tasks. Like grading papers, no doubt.

Robots rendering graduate students unnecessary? Can consciousness be far behind?

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