June 6, 2015

WE ARE ALL DESIGNIST NOW:

COMPUTER INDEPENDENTLY SOLVES 120-YEAR-OLD BIOLOGICAL MYSTERY ( KATIE COLLINS, 6/05/15, Wired)

For the first time ever a computer has managed to develop a new scientific theory using only its artificial intelligence, and with no help from human beings.

Computer scientists and biologists from Tufts University programmed the computer so that it was able to develop a theory independently when it was faced with a scientific problem. The problem they chose was one that has been puzzling biologists for 120 years. The genes of sliced-up flatworms are capable of regenerating in order to form new organisms -- this is a long-documented phenomenon, but scientists have been mystified for years over exactly what happens to the cells to make this possible.

By presenting the computer with this problem, however, it was able to reverse engineer a solution that could explain the mechanism of the process, known as planaria.

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