Known for: Making an important discovery
The robot scientist Adam (behind Professor
Ross King and a colleague) has made its first scientific discovery—one that had stymied its human counterparts since
the 1960s. Adam, created by Aberystwyth University, was tasked with identifying a gene in brewer’s yeast. Endowed with
four personal computers that act as a brain, robotic arms, liquid handlers and other equipment, Adam devised its own
hypotheses and ran experiments to test them. It was able to identify the gene, which is related to growth. Scientists
are hoping Adam (and the next robot, Eve) will help them with data-intensive research.