Just the Beginning for AI & Science

Something very exciting is happening right now across the landscape of the physical and mathematical sciences: we are finally starting to learn fundamentally new things about how the universe works because of the direct and purposeful use of artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). Last week, two major results (discussed below) suggests that the long-sought, oft-discussed hope of an AI-driven revolution in science may now be coming to fruition. To be sure, AI/ML has been an integral part of our scientific workflows for years.