Everywhere you turn these days there are more and more automated processes appearing all the time.  From automatic vacuum cleaners to self-order counters at restaurants, to cars that automatically park themselves, robots are all around us in one way or another and physics is no different.  In using the latest artificial intelligence to do the same tasks as people, we are not only saving time and money but saving on resources too.

A recent physics experiment developed by physicists from The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW ADFA) was shown to be completed by artificial intelligence (AI) just as a human would.  The test was to create a replica of “Laser Beam” experiment that won the 2001 Nobel Prize and produced an extremely cold gas trapped in a laser beam (known as Bose-Einstein condensate)  and the incredible AI literally taught itself how to do the experiment, from start to finish, in under one hour!

With the success of the experiment, more are set to follow as scientists look to explore the endless possibilities of using AI and the complex conclusions to experiments they can uncover.  Because Bose-Einstein condensates are of such a low temperature, artificial intelligence holds the advantage in not being affected by the cold and can even be used to cool the trapped gas down.  They are also great navigators and explorers as are sensitive to their surroundings and with the ability to just set themselves up and learn new tasks, it is much more cost efficient than hiring a team of qualified people.

Story Via; Nature group journal Scientific Reports    / Animation explains the Bose-Einstein condensate. Produced by the research group Physics Reimagined with the support of labex PALM.