I take it you've seen the news. A Welsh robot can act as a scientist, discovering new stuff, designing and running its own experiments. And in the US, there's a couple of guys whose algorithm appears to be able to deduce laws of nature from experimental observations. Like, discovering the conservation of energy and other laws in a matter of minutes.
As always, presuppositions abound in code design, so some of the knowledge may have been implied in the software. But they'll have thought of that. I think this is cool stuff.