A robot scientist will dream up new materials to advance computing and fight pollution

Publication Title
MIT Technology Review
Publication/Creation Date
November 7 2018
Will Knight (creator)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) (contributor)
Kebotix (contributor)
Harvard University (contributor)
University Of Toronto (contributor)
Jill Becker (contributor)
Christoph Kreisbeck (contributor)
Alán Aspuru-Guzik (contributor)
Klavs Jensen (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

A robot arm dips a pipette into a dish and transfers a tiny amount of bright liquid into one of many receptacles sitting in front of another machine. When all the samples are ready, the second machine tests their optical properties, and the results are fed to a computer that controls the arm. Software analyzes the results of these experiments, formulates a few hypotheses, and then starts the process over again. Humans are barely required.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body
Marketing Keywords
Kebotix, The Engine

Date archived
November 15 2018
Last edited
November 15 2018
How to cite this entry
Will Knight. (November 7 2018). "A robot scientist will dream up new materials to advance computing and fight pollution". MIT Technology Review. MIT Technology Review. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/3407