- Date 30 Jul 2020
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have unveiled a robotic colleague that has been working non-stop in their lab throughout lockdown.
The £100,000 programmable researcher learns from its results to refine its experiments.
"It can work autonomously, so I can run experiments from home," explained Benjamin Burger, one of the developers.
Such technology could make scientific discovery "a thousand times faster", scientists say.
A new report by the Royal Society of Chemistry lays out a "post-Covid national research strategy", using robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced computing as part of a suite of technologies that "must be urgently embraced" to help socially distancing scientists continue their search for solutions to global challenges.