Artificial intelligence replaces physicists

IMAGE: The experiment, featuring the small red glow of a BEC trapped in infrared laser beams. view more Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU Physicists are putting themselves out of a job, using artificial intelligence to run a complex experiment. The experiment, developed by physicists from The Australian National University (ANU) and UNSW ADFA, created an extremely cold gas trapped in a laser beam, known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, replicating the experiment that won the 2001 Nobel Prize. “I didn’t expect the machine could learn to do the experiment itself, from scratch, in under an hour,” said co-lead researcher Paul Wigley from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering. “A simple computer program would have taken longer than the age of the Universe to run through all the combinations and work this…

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