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Will computers be able to do research?

An interesting article in the UK Guardian newspaper raises the prospect that computers will soon be used to locate and compare research papers on the Web and suggest new hypotheses that human researchers can test.  this process of “automatic hypothesis generation” could, potentially, yield many insights into the areas of bio-medicine, chemistry, physics, and the social sciences.  By collating research articles with other research results, the hope is that computers will be able to spot patterns that might otherwise elude humans, though it is acknowledged that this approach cannot be an automatic key to success.

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