AI is Replacing Physicists

The experiment, featuring the small red glow of a Bose-Einstein condensate trapped in infrared laser beams. (Image courtesy of Stuart Hay/ANU.) How many people and years of training does it take to replicate a Nobel-Prize-winning physics experiment? Apparently none. Researchers recently used an artificial intelligence to run a complex experiment, which it learnt to perform from scratch in under an hour. “A simple computer program would have taken longer than the age of the Universe to run through all the combinations and work this out,” said co-lead researcher Paul Wigley from the Australian National University Research School of Physics and Engineering. This suggests that even physicists are on track to having their jobs augmented if not outright captured by artificial intelligence. The Coldest Place in the Universe The experiment involved…


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