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Computers as Automated Scientists

Automated scientists may speed up the pace of discovery, but in the process they may change the nature of science itself. For centuries, scientists have solved problems with flashes of insight. But while the equations that automated scientists offer are very good at making predictions, they are often inscrutable to human scientists. We may have to program computers to explain their discoveries to us. Otherwise they will become more like oracles than scientists, hyanding down mysterious utterances to us mere mortals.

Steven Strogatz
Applied Mathematician, Cornell, 2010
[After the automated science program Eureqa observed a pendulum and then posited physical laws akin to those of Newton]