Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed an artificially intelligent robot scientist -- named Eve -- that could help decrease the amount of time it takes to develop and test drugs. While modern pharmaceutical science has resulted and continues to result in the development of some innovative life-saving drugs, development and testing takes an incredible number of years and is very expensive -- it can take 10 years and $1 billion to develop a new drug.
The robot scientist uses its artificial intelligence capabilities to administer a series of tests to automate the early stages of drug testing and design. The robot has already help to discover a drug that could help inhibit the malaria parasite molecule.
While Eve can only carry out testing and can't synthesize compounds that it designs, this could become a reality in future versions.