Move Over Creators! Robots Could Replace Physicists After AI Breakthrough

Researchers from a joint Australian National University (ANU), University of Adelaide and UNSW ADFA project were surprised to find artificial intelligence could be used to replicate the 2001 Nobel Prize winning experiment that trapped extremely cold gas in a laser beam, known as the Bose-Einstein condensate. “I didn’t expect the machine could learn to do the experiment itself, from scratch, in under an hour,” said ANU co-lead researcher Paul Wigley. “A simple computer program would have taken longer than the age of the universe to run through all the combinations and work this out.” ‘Cheaper Than a Physicist’ Bose-Einstein condensates are some of the coldest places in the universe and their extreme sensitivity can be used for mineral exploration or navigation. As a result of the AI’s ability to make its own adjustments to the experiment, researchers are excited that such technology could be much more useful and cost…


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