"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
As robots become more sophisticated, and are given the capacity for choosing goals and working to meet them, you may want a way to make sure a robot does what you want.
For an illustrative tale on the subject of computers that do what they want, see the chirpsithra supercomputer, from a great short story by Larry Niven.
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