There are many species of hypotheses. Some are more "autonomous," and others call for human introspection and creativity. Could freeing scientists to spend more time forumulating the latter type speed the process of discovery? Maybe. In the meantime, the line that divides biological and artificial intelligence continues to blur.
"But with advances in artificial intelligence, it's conceivable that the role of robots would, in the more distant future, creep deeper into the human realm, progressing from lab technician to lab head. Robots may even be capable of performing supposed acts of genius, such as Einstein's conception of special relativity."