The Robot Scientist: AI and the Science of Science

HPSC-X755 — Fall 2020

Amit Hagar
Ballantine 901
Days and Times
T 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Course Description

The rise of artificial intelligence and its penetration to everyday life has rekindled the question of the “ghost in the machine”. In this course we shall inquire about the possibility of artificial intelligence as a scientific instrument, and explore the spectrum of its implementation, from an aiding tool to a potential existential threat. This is a graduate research seminar, the goal of which is to help the student to develop the necessary tools for writing a publishable paper on the topic. No background in machine learning is needed. All the required materials will be made available online. Open to senior undergrads with permission from the instructor (Amit Hagar at

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