A robot scientist will dream up new materials to advance computing and fight pollution
Publication/Creation DateNovember 7 2018
DescriptionIn 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.
Date archivedNovember 15 2018
Last editedNovember 15 2018