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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM: Machine Science: Distilling Natural Laws from Experimental Data, from Particle Physics to Computational Biology

Hod Lipson, Cornell University, will outline a series of recent research projects, starting with self-reflecting robotic systems, and ending with machines that can formulate hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret the results, to discover new scientific laws. While the computer can discover new laws, will we still understand them? Our ability to have insight into science may not keep pace with the rate and complexity of automatically-generated discoveries. Are we entering a post-singularity scientific age, where computers not only discover new science, but now also need to find ways to explain it in a way that humans can understand? We will see examples from psychology to cosmology, from classical physics to modern physics, from big science to small science. {Will appear in FYI on Feb 21, 2012
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