Where all this may lead was foreseen by Allen Newell [quoted by D.G.
Bobrow and P.J. Hayes in "Artificial Intelligence - Where Are We?"
Artif.Intell.; 25(3), 1985]:
"We should, by the way, be prepared for some radical, and perhaps
surprising, transformations of the disciplinary structure of science
(technology included) as information processing pervades it. In
particular, as we become more aware of the detailed information
processes that go on in doing science, the sciences will find
themselves increasingly taking a metaposition, in which doing
science (observing, experimenting, theorizing, testing, archiving, ...)
will involve understanding these information processes, and
building systems that do the object-level science. Then the
boundaries between the enterprise of science as a whole (the
acquisition and organization of the knowledge of the world) and AI
(the understanding of how knowledge is acquired and organized)
will become increasingly fuzzy."