- Simply put, Levin and Lobo’s computer attempted to mimic real-life studies over and over again in an excruciatingly-detailed simulation. The machine would randomly guess how the worm’s genes formed a regulatory network that allowed for this amazing regeneration, then let that genetic network take control in a simulation, and finally measure how close the results were to real experimental data.
- After three days of constant guessing, simulating, evaluating its guesses, and tweaking its tactics, the computer had invented a core genetic network that faithfully matched every one of the hundreds of experiments in its database. Essentially, it had explained what scientists had failed to—how the genes connect.
- Through trail and error, the computer invented an accurate model of the inner-workings of the flatworm. “The invention of models to explain what nature is doing is the most creative thing scientists do. . . this is the heart and soul of the scientific enterprise,” they say.
A Computer Just Came Up With a Scientific Theory
6. 5. 15 by Kevin Woods