We know the robots are present in the industry, and their missions range constantly: they manage the warehouses to protect the employees of the risks, involved in the fields to cope with the shortage of labor, and even in the newsroom to write articles. They now arrive in a new area: the research. A robot new robot is indeed able to work independently 21.5 hours per day to assist the scientists from the University of Liverpool in their research.
The robots do not get bored, does not get tired, and do not need a holiday
While some laboratories have had to abandon their experiments, their specimens, separate from the animals in cages, because of the containment, the scientists from the University of Liverpool have designed a laboratory assistant, a robot chemist who conducts experiments alone.
This robot has allowed them to continue to do experiments 24 hours on 24, 7 days on 7. It is able to decide for itself which tests to perform based on the previous results. It can perform tasks such as the weighing of the solids, the distribution of fluids, the vacuum, catalytic reactions, and even quantify the products of reactions.
It can work 21.5 hours per day, seven days per week, and does not need to stop to recharge its battery. No vacation, no holidays, this robot could replace, of course humans that were previously indispensable for this type of work. According to the journal Nature, this robot has achieved up to 688 experiments on eight days, and worked for 172 hours on 192.
The robots scientists are they going to replace researchers?
No, because this robot is only focusing on the repetitive tasks and time-consuming so that they can focus on innovation. It will speed up the scientific discovery, but humans always have a load of work to interpret the results, and launch new experiences in an accelerated fashion.
The science of robotics will research more comprehensive
Thanks to this type of automatic wizard, researchers can work from home in the event of containment. More travel required, no need to stop experiments in case of a new epidemic wave.
According to professor Andrew Cooper of the Department of chemistry and materials innovation of the university, who led the project, the automation of the experiments would also allow for a scientific research more collaborative and more easily connected between several laboratories : “our vision is that we could have robots like this one anywhere in the world connected by a centralize brain, which can be anywhere. We have not yet done so. – this is the first example – but it’s absolutely what we’d like to do. ”