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In the future, educators and experimental scientists will be able to
work with remote colonies of taskable machines via a
``remote science'' paradigm that allows:
Spatial decoupling of experimenters and their experiments.
This allows: (i) multiple users in different locations to
share collaboratively a single physical resource (cf. notions of
virtual ``collaboratories'' ),
and (ii) enhanced productivity through reduced travel time,
enabling one experimenter to participate in multiple, geographically
Sharing of expensive physical resources.
In a climate of ``big science'' and constrained budgets, shared
operation of scientific hardware is the only mechanism that can
enable widespread availability and affordability of such equipment.
Remote science helps level the playing field for researchers
constrained by location or budget.
Evolution of more rigorous standards for scientific discourse.
Particularly in experimental engineering disciplines such as robotics,
descriptions of experimental protocols can be vague, leading to
irreproducibility of results. We believe that any mechanism for
remote science transparently enforces experiment reproducibility
since the remote researcher must completely specify his experiment
prior to submitting it for remote execution.
Improved access of K-12 and undergraduate educators to leading-edge
pedagogical material (cf. ).
Again, an Internet-based remote science infrastructure
will provide the means to escape from geographical and financial
constraints. User interfaces built using HTML or similar graphical
formats will facilitate access by casual or naive
Yu Uny Cao
Fri May 12 16:04:55 PDT 1995