So it seems like Kurzweil’s dreams/predictions are getting a few steps closer to being fulfilled. Wired has news of scientists at Columbia University, designed “Adam” a ‘robot scientist’, capable of “carry[ing] out the entire scientific process on its own: formulating hypotheses, designing and running experiments, analyzing data, and deciding which experiments to run next.”. At pretty much the same time, a computer program developed by researchers at Cornell, managed to ‘discover’ the laws of physics in 1 day without any previous input (or knowledge?).
Mate these two and you’ll get a pretty smart cookie.