Artificial intelligence replaces physicists in complex experiment

The orange cloud, just right of centre, is the Bose-Einstein condensate of supercold atoms – thanks to AI. CREDIT: STUART HAY / ANU 167 SHARES A machine using artificial intelligence (AI) has replicated a complex Nobel prize-winning experiment — a stunning advance that could push some physicists into looking for other employment. “I didn’t expect the machine could learn to do the experiment itself, from scratch, in under an hour,” said co-author Paul B. Wigley from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering, in a statement. “A simple computer program would have taken longer than the age of the Universe to run through all the combinations and work this out.” The research is detailed in the journal Scientific Reports. The experiment involves creating an unusual state of matter, known…


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