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Will AI replace scientists?

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In May of this year, The Scientist ran a series of pieces suggesting that Intro of we could automate the process of acquiring scientific knowledge:

In reality, without appropriate human supervision, AI is just as likely to find false or unimportant patterns as real ones. Additionally, the overuse of AI in science is actually leading to a reproducibility crisis.

Jonathan Bartlett, “AI will replace scientists!” at Mind Matters News
Will AI Replace Scientists?
If AI ever reaches the level represented by the character of "Lt Cdr Data" in Star Trek: The Next Generation it could certainly replace not only scientists but the rest of us as well, quite apart from crashing the free market economy. Seversky

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