Look at the robot scientist: he conducts experiments while everything is quarantined

Scientists from the University of Liverpool introduced their fellow robot who worked without interruption in his laboratory for the duration of the lockout. A programmable researcher worth £ 100,000 (9 million rubles) is learning from her own results to improve her experiments. A new report by the Royal Chemical Society outlines a national post-COVID research strategy using robotics, artificial intelligence, and advanced computing as part of a suite of technologies that need to be urgently used. The goal is to help socially distant scientists continue to search for solutions to global problems, BBC News reports.

The new robot scientist can work autonomously, so researchers can conduct experiments from home, one of the developers explains the principle.

According to scientists, such a technology can make a scientific discovery “a thousand times faster.” The robot scientist is currently starting a series of trials. He will look for a catalyst that can accelerate the reaction inside the solar cells.

But, according to Professor Andy Cooper, a material scientist who put the robot to work in his laboratory, it can be used in the fight against COVID-19.

COVID-19, climate change – there are many problems that really need international cooperation. Such robots can be around the world connected by a centralized brain that can be anywhere. We have not done this yet – this is just the first example – but this is absolutely what we would like to do.

Andy Cooper, material scientist

Today in a world where scientists also need to limit their time in the laboratory and maintain social distance from each other, the robot scientist has found his place.

He is not bored, he does not get tired, works around the clock, and does not need vacations, developers joke. On a more serious note, scientists said that the robot has already changed the speed with which researchers can conduct tests and experiments. He can easily sort through thousands of samples, so he frees up the time of scientists. They can focus on innovation and new solutions.

Like robotics designed for space exploration, such machines can also conduct more risky experiments – in more severe laboratory conditions or using more toxic substances.

That is why, according to Deirdre Black, head of research and innovation at the Royal Chemical Society, British science must incorporate new technologies into its infrastructure.

We are talking about people using digital technologies so that they can work more quickly – find and implement innovations faster, explore more complex and complex problems, such as decarburization, prevention, and treatment of diseases, and also clean our air.

Does this mean that while many scientists were isolated, the machines came to get a job? Scientists say no. Science will always need people, researchers say.

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