Archive for April 5th, 2009

Sorry I haven’t blogged anything lately but with the run-up to Pesach my mind has been rather uncreative and unexpressive¬†recently. This would be a good subject to blog about in itself, but many others have spilled many liters of ink on the subject already. Maybe I’ll manage to have a think about it and come up with some origianl thoughts…

This morning I saw an interesting short article in Technology Review about a robot that designs and performs scientific experiments. It is credited with original work identifying genetic origins of several yeast enzymes. Sounds cool and reminds me of Kurzweil’s singularity. However could a robot have sudden flashes of insight? The use of “miraculous” induction that makes all the difference between a mediocre and and a great engineer or scientist? Maybe it wouldn’t need them.

I generally have my inspiration when I’m trying to go to sleep or when I’m davening. Others have thenm in the shower. What would a robot do when he’s looking for inspiration? Data-mine?

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