Robotic scientists will speed up discovery’

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have unveiled a robotic colleague that has been working non-stop in their lab throughout lock-down.

The £100,000 programmable researcher learns from its results to refine its experiments.

It can work autonomously, so I can run experiments from home,” explained Benjamin Burger, one of the developers.

Such technology could make scientific discovery a thousand times faster”, scientists say.

A new report by the Royal Society of Chemistry lays out a post-Covid national research strategy”, using robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced computing as part of a suite of technologies that must be urgently embraced” to help socially distancing scientists continue their search for solutions to global challenges. View more here