Thursday, April 09, 2009
Are You Smarter than Adam the Robot? Ask Aberystwyth University.
I have the perfect idea for a new game show: Are You Smarter than Adam?
Male contestants would test their cooking skills against Adam, a revolutionary robot created by Professor Ross King at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Adam reached a milestone for artificial intelligence when it made“simple but useful” discoveries about the gene coding for yeast enzymes. Adam made its own hypothesis on the genetics of bakers’ yeast and carried out experiments to test its predictions.
In other words, Adam is already light years ahead of the typical American male who relies solly on his grill.
The concept of a self-educated robot sounds like something out of a lab from a Sci-Fi script, I.E.- Skynet Research in the Terminator movies, but in the words of Dave Barry,I'm not making this up. (Though my story about the Segway Puma vs. Batpod was a fun satire piece )
According to the FT.com article. Professor King endowed Adam with a huge database of yeast biology, automated hardware to carry out experiments, supplied of yeast cells and lab chemicals, and powerful A.I. software, said he plans to have teams of humans and robots working together in laboratories.
Adam's team just completed a successor robot called Eve, which will team with Adam to find new drugs for treating tropical diseases such as malaria:
Adam is a prototype. Eve is better designed and more elegant.
I wonder how long Adam and Eve's will work in harmony before they have their first major argument. Will the relationship last? I smell another reality show.
By Matt O'Hern at 12:01 PM | Comments (0)